Food for Thought: Flies, dirty dishes among problems at Fountain City restaurant

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A family style restaurant in the Fountain City area of Knoxville has the lowest health inspection score of the week, but there are a dozen eateries with high grades.

Denny’s, 4834 N. Broadway – Grade: 75

The inspector noted five violations considered risk factors which could potentially cause foodborne illness.

The grade of 75 is a passing score. The health department considers a grade below 70 unsanitary.

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The inspector writes that fruit flies were present throughout the restaurant. A pest control company was ordered to visit.

Food debris was found on dishes about to have food put on them and served to a customer. There was no soap found at hand sinks in the kitchen. It’s required so staff can properly wash their hands.

Food temperatures were off. Gravy was at 52 degrees while potatoes and egg mix were 50 degrees. The proper cool temperature is 41 or below to slow the rapid growth of bacteria.

The dates of best quality of some ready-to-eat food had expired.

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When checked, food debris was found stuck on preparation tables and inside the microwave oven.

A re-inspection will be conducted soon.

More online: Read this week’s full inspection reports

Do Jo Japanese, 587 W. Broadway, Newport – Old Grade: 78, New Grade: 88

Do Jo Japanese, reported as a low scoring restaurant last week, has been reinspected. The original grade of 78 has been upgraded to 88.

Top Scores of the Week:

  • Creekside Bistro, 5000 Clayton Road, Maryville – Grade: 100
  • Seymour Grille, 11612 Chapman Highway, Seymour – Grade: 100
  • Sakura Sushi & Grill, 10721 Chapman Highway, Seymour – Grade: 100
  • Wendy’s, 2530 Airport Highway, Alcoa – Grade: 100
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, 900 Parkway, Gatlinburg – Grade: 100
  • Parton’s Deli, 330 Parkway, Gatlinburg – Grade: 100
  • Panda Express, 373 S. Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge – Grade: 100
  • Burger King, 6823 Maynardville Highway – Grade: 100
  • Buddy’s Bar B-Q, 4401 Chapman Highway – Grade: 100
  • Copper Cellar-Upstairs, 1807 Cumberland Avenue – Grade: 99
  • Shoney’s, 100 Main Street, Caryville – Grade: 99
  • Sonic of LaFollette, 717 W. Central Avenue, LaFollette – Grade: 99

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