Equipment problems lead to low health grade at Knoxville grill

Equipment problems lead to low health grade at Knoxville grill

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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Many of the health violations we see on inspection reports deal with cleanliness and hygiene practices, but the lowest scoring restaurant this week had a problem with equipment.

Doc's Grille, 7355 Kingston Pike, Grade: 63

A grade below 70 is considered unsanitary.

When the inspector arrived, the walk-in cooler was warmer than the required 41 degrees. Some food was out of temperature, and a repairmen was called.

There was no hot water at restroom hand sinks, and there were no soap or towels at some of the hand sinks.

Doc's Grille has been re-inspected, and the new grade is a respectable 83.

The Pint House, 815 Merchants Drive - Grade: 67

The inspector watched a kitchen worker at The Pint House washing his hands in the three-compartment sink instead of using a hand sink. The three-compartment sink is where pots, pans and dishes are cleaned and sanitized.

When he checked, the inspector found no sanitizer being used in the dishwasher.     

He found clean utensils stored in a dirty container, and a can opener blade was dirty.

New China Restaurant, 5003 Clinton Highway - Grade: 71

New China Restaurant received a passing grade, but there are critical violations.

The inspector found a badly dented can in dry storage. Dents can potentially spoil the contents of the food.

Rubbing alcohol was stored next to food. It should be stored separately to avoid surprises.

Clean utensils were also found in a dirty container.

Top inspection scores of the week:

  • Fox Road Marina, 1100 Fox Road - Grade: 94
  • Froyoz, 124 Forest Park Boulevard - Grade: 93
  • Subway, 9450 S. Northshore Drive - Grade: 91
  • Lunchbox Market and Cafe, 1225 Weisgarber Road - Grade: 91
  • Taco Bell, 2085 N. Broadway - Grade: 91
  • Knoxville Expo Center Banquet Facility, 5441 Cilnton Highway - Grade: 90
  • Captain D's, 812 Merchants Drive - Grade: 90
  • Pizza Inn, 5420 Clinton Highway - Grade: 90

Health inspection reports are supposed to be posted in areas of a restaurants where you can read them and see the grades.

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