Knoxville restaurant receives 91 after 3rd follow-up health inspection visit

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A sushi grill and buffet has been re-inspected for the third time in four months and there is some good news to report.

Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet, 9645 Kingston Pike – Grade: 68, First Follow-up: 87, Second Follow-Up: 74, Third Follow-Up: 91

This buffet and grill failed its restaurant health inspection in June.

It was the first failing health inspection in Knox County in more than a year. Flies were found in the kitchen, food temperatures were way off and in her report, the inspector wrote a kitchen worker failed to protect food from contamination

Also, while a worker was spraying the kitchen floor with water, some of the dirty water accidentally splashed into a container of unprotected cooked rice that was close to the floor. The contaminated rice was immediately thrown away.

There had been a follow-up in late June on the initial violations. However under the new food code, the rules say a full follow-up is then required within 30 days.

That inspection didn’t go to well. The health inspector noted a broken thermometer which resulted in a number of food items like sushi crab, crab salad and salmon being stored at a temperature above the required 41 degrees and below.

Also, there were still flies in the kitchen. There were also several dented cans in dry storage, which could possibly lead to contamination.

Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet was required to have a third follow-up visit. The inspector made a return trip and the restaurant received a 91.

Previous stories:

Carolina Ale House, 9045 Kingston Pike – Grade: 80 New Grade: 95

The Carolina Ale House Kitchen’s original score was an 80. Seventy is considered unsanitary by the health department.

In their initial visit inspectors noted several violations including missing thermometers from several coolers. There was also a dirty slicer and soda noddles.

The inspectors says workers touched ready-to-eat food with their bare hands. Under the rules the cook should have first washed his hands, then put on gloves.

The health inspector returned for a follow-up visit. The new score improved to a 95.

Web Extra: This week’s full inspection reports [PDF]

Quite a handful of eateries scored in the 90s this week and one restaurant received a perfect score.

Top Scores of the Week:

  • Steamboat, 2307 W. Emory – 100
  • Arby’s, 2819 Chpaman Highway – 99
  • McDonald’s, 5260 Millertown Pike – 97
  • Zaxby’s, 9143 Kingston Pike – 97
  • Blue Slip Bistro, 300 West Depot – 95
  • Habanero’s Mexican Restaurant and Grill, 4620 Greenway Drive – 98
  • Zaby’s, 9143 Kingston Pike – 97
  • Blue Slip Bistro, 300 West Depot – 97

While at a restaurant, if you notice a health violation politely tell the manager. If nothing is done, call the health department in the county where you live.

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