Rat droppings found at South Knoxville grill that failed

Rat droppings found at South Knoxville grill that failed

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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Middle Eastern style restaurant in South Knoxville earned the lowest grade when Knox County health inspectors made their most recent visits.

Low score:

King Tut's Grill at 4132 Martin Mill Pike - Grade: 64

The health department considers a grade below 70 as unsanitary.

The inspector writes that he found a large number of rat droppings behind the dishwasher. He ordered the manager to contact the grill's pest control company immediately.

The dishwasher was dirty.

The inspector found a rotten onion in the onion bin.

Food in the cooler was stored on the floor, which was dirty.

The sink didn't work in one of the restrooms.

Passing but problems:

Asia Cafe at 6714 Central Avenue Pike - Grade: 72

Although that's a passing grade, there were several critical violations.

Shrimp and scallops were out of temperature. The shrimp was at 50 degrees, but 41 and below is required to kill the growth of bacteria.

Food was stored on the floor in the cooler, although there were shelves above it.

The inspectors writes that the ice machine had mold in it.

A can opener was dirty.

Top scores:

Papa Joe's Cafe at Roane State Community College, on Patton Lane in Harriman - 100

The Bistro at Parkwest Medical Center, 9352 Park West Boulevard - 94

Starbucks at 329 Cedar Bluff Road - 89

Firehouse Subs at 10228 Hardin Valley Road - 88

Remember, the original health inspection score represents a snapshot of the establishment's condition at the time it's inspected.

If an eatery fails, it's given 10 days to two weeks to make corrections before it's re-inspected.

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