Ray's ESG fails inspection; Mellow Mushroom also gets low score

Ray's ESG fails inspection; Mellow Mushroom also gets low score

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A familiar restaurant has a bad health inspection report this week. A familiar restaurant has a bad health inspection report this week.
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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A familiar restaurant has a bad health inspection report this week.

Both of the low scoring restaurants this week have made that list before.

They have a number of critical violations that need to be addressed and the inspectors will return soon to follow up.

Lowest Grade:

Ray's ESG, 7355 Kingston Pike - Grade: 63

The health department considers a score below 70 as unsanitary.

At Ray's, the inspector found the temperature of chili on a steam table at 135 degrees, but 140 and above is necessary to properly stop the growth of bacteria.

The inspector found no hot water at two of the employee handsinks. As a result, they couldn't properly wash their hands as required by health standards.

Lots of things were dirty. The floors, the ice scoop, the ice machine and the food slicer had not been sanitized.

Other low scores:

Mellow Mushroom, 2109 Cumberland Avenue - Grade: 70

An employee was seen changing gloves without first washing her hands.

There was an unlabeled chemical spray bottle. It needed to be labeled to prevent any surprises.

There was no hot water in the big three-compartment sink where pots and pans are cleaned.

A knife and food scraper were found stored in a sink by the grill. That's where employees are supposed to wash their hands.

Finally, out on the patio, the inspector could not find the dog spill kit. In it are supposed to be gloves, bags, paper towels, and a sanitizer solution so customers can clean up after their dog is there is an accident.

Top scores:

  • Hot Diggity Dog, hot dog cart operated by Amanda Leinart - Grade: 100
  • The TK Café, 10415 Parkside Drive - Grade: 98
  • Frussie's Deli, 133 Moody Avenue - Grade: 97
  • Mimi's Cafe, 10945 Parkside Drive - Grade: 96
  • Taco Bell, 8516 Walbrook Drive - Grade: 95
  • Papa John's, 10820 Kingston Pike - Grade: 95
  • Armstrong's Grill, 3307 John Sevier Highway - Grade: 95
  • Quizno's, 7220 Chapman Highway - Grade: 94


We've said this before - a restaurant's health inspection report is supposed to be posted in a location where you can read it.

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