RESTAURANT REPORT: Food temperature problems at 3 eateries

Published: Nov. 17, 2016 at 2:26 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 18, 2016 at 6:58 AM EST
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Food temperature problems were the common theme on the health inspections of some popular Richmond-area restaurants, but all three restaurants say they want you to know they work hard to avoid these problems and they're all now fixed.

Up first, Jake's Place at 511 Thompson Street in Ashland.  It had three priority violations, one priority foundation, and five core violations on its last health inspection.  The report says some ground beef and steak were thawing improperly in standing water, and the egg wash and sour cream were not kept cold enough.

"There's a four hour window for egg wash and our shift is no longer than four hours.  We throw the egg wash away after every shift," said co-owner John Yohman

The owner tells us they also reconnected a hose to the dishwasher that had popped off that day to make sure dishes are sanitized. He says everything was corrected right away.

"We realize the health department is here for a reason. We comply with everything they stand for. And when they come in here and find some things wrong, it hurts our feelings because we strive to do everything the best we can," said Yohman.

Up next, Cheezilla's Grilled Cheese Food Truck in Henrico.

It had three priority violations, two priority foundation, and four core violations, including gravy and queso were not being kept hot enough, some cheese, bacon and pastrami were not staying cold enough, and the floor was in disrepair. The owner told us by phone that all violations were corrected within a week and a new floor was installed.

And finally, Enzo's Italian Chop House at 36 Broad Street Road in Manakin-Sabot had three priority violations, two priority foundation, and six core violations on its health inspection.

The report says some foods in the walk-in cooler were not being kept cold enough, and a cart, hand sinks, and the floors, walls, and ceiling had accumulations of grime and debris. When we went over, we learned new owners just took over and say this was their first inspection.

"When she came in, she pointed out a few things.  I wrote everything down," said co-owner Tyler Hollender. "She printed out a report and I jumped right on everything to make her happy and make sure everything was done correctly."

He explained the restaurant has been under renovation.

"We've done complete renovations throughout the whole place.  We now have an outside kitchen, all new glass, paint, floor, and ceiling," said Hollender.

Enzo's has received two follow-up inspections since then. The second follow-up report shows all violations have been corrected. And Hollender invites patrons to check out their new renovations.

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