Refrigeration problem forced temporary closure at Knox buffet

Refrigeration problem forced temporary closure at North Knox buffet

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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County health inspectors gave three restaurants failing scores during their most recent visits.

The health department also temporarily closed the lowest scoring restaurant because its refrigeration system wasn't working, which created an imminent health hazard.

A grade below 70 is considered unsanitary.


Low scores:

Oasis Buffet at 2011 N. Broadway - Grade: 52

The air temperature in the kitchen was 90 degrees. As a result, the walk-in cooler couldn't adequately maintain product temperature at 41 degrees and below.

Milk, shrimp and chicken were too warm.

Sugar was stored in a container labeled as flour.

The inside of the microwave was dirty.

Medicine was stored on a shelf with food products. That's not allowed.

The back screen door didn't close, allowing bugs to get in.

A day after Oasis Buffet was closed, the refrigeration system was fixed and the restaurant re-opened.

Oasis Buffet was reinspected and received a new score of 75.


Market Cafe at the Knoxville Hilton Hotel, 501 W. Church Avenue - Grade: 57

The inspector found gnats and fruit flies flying around the kitchen.

The back door to the kitchen was propped open, which is not allowed.

Kitchen equipment was found soaking in a hand sink where employees are supposed to wash their hands.

Alfredo sauce was at 54 degrees, but 41 and below is the proper temperature.

A kitchen worker was seen drinking from a cup that didn't have a top or a straw as required to prevent a potential accident.


Zoe's Kitchen at 6638 Kingston Pike - Grade: 68

In one of the restrooms, the hot water temperature only got to 77 degrees. However, to properly wash your hands the temperature should be at 90 degrees.

An employee preparing food had a Band-Aid on her finger. That's not a problem, but she wasn't wearing gloves like she should have been.

Zoe's Kitchen got the water temperature corrected. It was reinspected and the new score is 95.


Top scores:

We're Cooking in West Town Mall, 7600 Kingston Pike - 97

Jeff's Hot Diggity Dog at 6969 Whitewater Road - 96

Jimmy John's at 11053 Parkside Drive - 94

Don Jose's Mexican Restaurant at 7505 Tazewell Pike - 92

Starbucks at the Knoxville Hilton Hotel in downtown - 92

Remember, restaurant inspection grades are supposed to be posted in areas where you can read them.

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