Numerous violations found at lowest scoring restaurant

Numerous violations found at lowest scoring restaurant

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The inspector watched several employees at Copper Cellar on Cumberland Ave. touch hamburger toppings with their bare hands; they were not wearing gloves as required. The inspector watched several employees at Copper Cellar on Cumberland Ave. touch hamburger toppings with their bare hands; they were not wearing gloves as required.
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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Half a dozen critical violations are noted on the health inspection report of the lowest scoring restaurant this week. These are the type of violations that could potentially lead to food borne illnesses if not caught and corrected.  

Copper Cellar Upstairs, 1807 Cumberland Avenue - Grade: 55

The health department considers a score below 70 as unsanitary.

The inspector watched several employees touch hamburger toppings with their bare hands; they were not wearing gloves as required.

Also, other kitchen workers who were wearing gloves while handling raw meat, took their gloves off then started preparing ready-to-eat food without washing their hands first, as they're required to do by health rules.

In the walk-in cooler, the inspector found blue cheese at 70 degrees, but 41 and below is required. The mixture was thrown away.

The inspector found fruit flies buzzing around in the kitchen. Utensils stored as "clean" were dirty, and an air freshener was stored next to clean plates. Chemicals like fresheners should not be near serving plates.

Hard Knox Pizzeria, 4437 Kingston Pike - Grade: 70

The next lowest grade this week is a passing score at Hard Knox Pizzeria.

In the walk-in cooler, the inspector found homemade canned pickles. They likely tasted fine, but homemade food is not allowed to be served at restaurants.

Also, the cooler was not holding food at 41 degrees and below, and sliced pepperoni on the cook line was at 51 degrees. It should have been at 41 or below to prevent the spread of bacteria.

Top scores of the week

  • Jeff's Hot-Diggety-Dog Mobile Cart - Grade: 98
  • Keva Juice, 11015 Parkside Drive - Grade: 97
  • Lunchbox Cafe, 2250 Sutherland Avenue - Grade: 96
  • Jubilee Banquet Facility, 6700 Jubilee Center Way - Grade: 95
  • Kimmie's Kitchen, 5103 Kingston Pike - Grade: 94
  • Menchie's, 234 Brookview Center Way - Grade: 92
  • Mojoe's Trailside Coffee, 2920 Sutherland Avenue - Grade: 91
  • Starbucks, West Town Mall - Grade: 91

Most area health departments conduct free classes once a month so restaurant managers and their staff know what to expect when inspectors come to visit.

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