Plumbing, other problems cause 2 Knox County restaurants to get low health scores

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Problems with plumbing, proper hand washing and other violations kept health inspection scores low at several Knox County restaurants this week.

The low scoring restaurants this week all passed their semi-annual, unannounced health inspections, but there were several critical violations noted in the health reports.

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The Rocks Tavern, 7002 Maynardville Highway – Grade: 77

A grade below 70 is considered unsanitary.

In her report, the inspector found some plumbing problems. The toilet in the men’s room didn’t work, and neither did the toilet in the employees bathroom.

It is critical for those conveniences to work in a restaurant.

When she checked the water in the kitchen, there was no hot water. That’s a big problem.

The inspector also found moldy lemons, peppers and cucumbers about to be served to customers. They were thrown away to prevent anyone from potentially getting sick.

Hardee’s, 3926 Asheville Highway – Grade: 79

Again, that is a passing grade.

The inspector writes that employees were not washing their hands as required while preparing food, a critical violation.

When she checked the hand sink that employees use in the kitchen, the inspector found no hand soap or paper towels. Workers couldn’t properly wash and clean their hands as required by state health rules.

Top Scores of the Week

  • Brazeiros Brazilian Steakhouse, 6901 Kingston Pike – Grade: 100
  • Koko Japanese Grill, 8883 Town & Country Circle – Grade: 100
  • Mind Yer P’s & Q’s, 12744 Kingston Pike – Grade: 100
  • Nick & J’s Cafe, 1526 Lovell Road – Grade: 100
  • Clancy’s Tavern, 602 Gay Street – Grade: 100
  • El Charo, 6502 Kingston Pike – Grade: 100
  • Jimmy John’s, 1903 Cumberland Avenue – Grade: 99
  • Petro’s, 1033 N. Cedar Bluff Road – Grade: 99
  • Whiskey River Wild, 1645 Downtown West – Grade: 99
  • East Japanese Restaurant, 11509 Kingston Pike – Grade: 98
  • The Foundry, 747 W. Jackson Avenue – Grade: 98
  • Pepper’s Grill & Pizzeria, 7507 Tazewell Pike – Grade: 98

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