Food temps cause low score at Knoxville hotel restaurant

Food temps cause low score at Downtown Knoxville hotel restaurant

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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A number of critical violations, problems that could potentially make customers sick, are noted at the lowest scoring restaurant this week.

Holiday Inn Food Service, 525 Henley Street - Grade: 59

Food temperature was a problem at the restaurant inside Holiday Inn in Downtown Knoxville. The inspector found fish in the hot box at 130 degrees, but 140 and above is required to slow the growth of bacteria.

The inspector also writes the ice maker had mold in it.

There was a problem with employee hygiene. The inspector watched a kitchen worker putting on gloves without first washing her hands as required by state health rules.

Also, clean linen was found stored with dirty linen.

The inspector notes there was no hot water in the employee men's restroom. As a result, they couldn't wash their hands with hot water as health rules require.

Also, the toilet in the men's room needed to be tidied up.

Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse, 226 Lovell Road - Grade: 67

Food temperatures were off at Wasabi. Raw shrimp was at 49 degrees, but 41 and below is required. 

In food storage, the inspector found dented cans of ketchup and corn. Dents along a can's seam can potentially spoil the contents.

The inspector writes cutting boards, on which food is cut, were dirty.

Floors in the bathroom were dirty, as was the sink where employees wash their hands. There were also no paper towels in the employee bathroom.

Top Scores of the Week

  • Bistro at Parkwest Medical Center - Grade: 97
  • Jimmy John's, 5525 Clinton Highway - Grade: 96
  • Sweetery, 9430 Northshore Drive - Grade: 95
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels, 11693 Parkside Drive - Grade: 94
  • Subway, West Town Mall - Grade: 93
  • Abuelo's Mexican, 11299 Parkside Drive - Grade: 92
  • McDonald's, 6715 Clinton Highway - Grade: 92
  • Calhoun's, 625 Turkey Cove - Grade: 90

Restaurants that didn't achieve a minimum score of 70 are usually re-inspected within 15 days.

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