Two restaurants nearly fail; three earn perfect scores

Two restaurants nearly fail; three earn perfect scores

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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Several restaurants received perfect health inspection grades this week, but a couple of places were on the verge of failing scores.

The low scoring restaurants just barely passed their health inspections, but one of them has been re-inspected.  

Tomo Japanese Restaurant, 7315 Kingston Pike - Grade: 71 81

Below 70 is considered unsanitary.

In his report, the inspector observed that the sink where kitchen workers are to wash their hands was being used as a service sink. Things were being dumped into it like scrap food. 

The sink is only supposed to be used for hand washing.

Also, soap was found stored above the food preparation table. That is the wrong place. Mom may wash your mouth out with soap, but you don't want the flavor of soap in your food, which is what potentially could have happened here.

Tomo Japanese has been reinspected. The new score is a respectable 81.

Village Cafe, 2601 E. Governor John Sevier Highway - Grade: 73

Here, the inspector discovered spoiled tomatoes in the cooler. They were thrown out.

Also, an employee hand sink did not have hot running water. Hot and cold water are required so the restaurant staff can properly wash their hands.

Top scores of the week:

  • CiCi's Pizza, 8414 Kingston Pike - Grade: 100
  • Domino's Pizza, 7419 Middlebrook Pike - Grade: 100
  • Bradley's Chocolate, 141 N. Peters Road - Grade: 100
  • Two Sisters Gourmet, 7419 Middlebrook Pike - Grade: 99
  • KFC, 4200 Chapman Highway - Grade: 98
  • Subway, 10612 Hardin Valley Road - Grade: 97
  • Quiznos, 7220 Chapman Highway - Grade: 96
  • Burger King, 7216 Chapman Highway - Grade: 96

Those high scores mean that management and staff are aware of the health inspection rules and follow them.

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