Two Asian restaurants fail health inspection

Beard nets and dropped food sink the inspections of two Asian restaurants

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Pei Wei Asian Diner failed because, among other things, an employee was reusing his beard net. Pei Wei Asian Diner failed because, among other things, an employee was reusing his beard net.
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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A well known Asian diner failed its health inspection report this week.

A customer complaint at a Turkey Creek restaurant prompted the health department to send an inspector out to check the problem.

When he got there, he discovered a number or critical health violations.

Lowest Grade:

Pei Wei Asian Diner, Parkside Drive - Grade: 59

Any score below 70 is considered unsanitary.

The inspector went to Pei Wei to see if one of the kitchen workers had been changing his beard net daily. Yes, men are required to wear a net if they have a long beard.

It was the manager who explained to the inspector that they reuse the beard nets.

However, for proper sanitation purposes, beard nets should be changed every day.

Food temperature readings at Pei Wei for shrimp, chicken, and steak were too warm. The cooler had not been working properly.

41 and below is the safe, low temperature to slow the growth of bacteria.

Finally, the inspector writes, he watched the cook touch his dirty apron, then he went back to preparing food without first washing his hands.

Other low scores:

Mandarin House, Merchants Drive - Grade: 65


This is a good one. The inspector watched a kitchen worker drop cheese rangoon on the floor.

But instead of throwing it away, he picked it up and put it back in a container with uncontaminated food.

There is no "three-second rule" at restaurants.

Also, the inspector said there was an infestation of ants in the kitchen at Mandarin House and he found an unlabeled chemical spray bottle.

When the inspector asked the manager what liquid was in the spray bottle, the manager said he didn't know. Chemicals are supposed to be labeled so there are no surprises.

Top Scores:

Again this week, there are some excellent inspection grades.

  • Starbucks, Merchants Drive - Grade: 95
  • Panera Bread, 2000 Cumberland Ave - Grade: 95
  • Half Barrel, 1829 Cumberland Ave - Grade: 95
  • Hardee's, 3318 Chapman Hwy - Grade: 95
  • Fleming's Steakhouse, 11287 Parkside Dr - Grade: 94
  • Panera Bread, 2015 N. Peters Rd - Grade: 94
  • Mexico Lindo, 462 N. Cedar Bluff - Grade: 91


Remember, inspection reports are supposed to be posted in an area of a restaurant where you can read it.

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