Food For Thought: Flies, gnats lead to call for pest control at Pigeon Forge restaurant


A RESTAURANT IN PIGEON FORGE HAS THE LOWEST HEALTH INSPECTION SCORE OF THE WEEK.. KRISTIN THE FAILING SCORE — IN PART BECAUSE THERE WERE BUGS IN THE KITCHEN. HERE IS DON DARE AND “FOOD FOR THOUGHT.” AT THE LOWEST SCORING RESTAURANT, THE INSPECTOR FOUND A NUMBER OF RISK FACTOR VIOLATIONS POTENTIAL PROBLEMS THAT COULD CAUSE FOODBORNE ILLNESS. THERE ARE HALF A DOZEN CRITICAL VIOLATIONS MARKED DOWN ON THE HEALTH REPORT. THE GRADE IS 67 AT LITTLE TOKYO RESTAURANT ON TEASTER LANE IN PIGEON FORGE, THAT’S A FAILING SCORE. A SCORE BELOW 70 IS CONSIDERED “UNSANITARY” BY THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT. SEVERAL OF THE VIOLATIONS CHECKED OFF IN THE STATE REPORT PERTAIN TO SUPERVISION, HYGIENE PRACTICES AND THE PROTECTION OF FOOD. FIRST OF ALL, BUGS WERE FOUND IN THE KITCHEN. FLIES WERE BUZZING AROUND IN THE FOOD PREPARATION AREA AND GNATS AT THE SUSHI BAR. THE RESTAURANT’S PEST CONTROL COMPANY WAS CALLED WHEN QUIZZED, THE PERSON-IN- CHARGE HAD NO KNOWLEDGE OF THE HEALTH RULES, COULDN’T ANSWER SOME SIMPLE QUESTIONS. SO, THE INSPECTOR DID NOT ON THE SPOT EDUCATION. THERE’S MORE, RAW BEEF AND RAW CHICKEN WERE FOUND STORED ON THE FLOOR IN THE WALK-IN COOLER. AND THE FLOOR IN THE COOLER WAS HEAVILY SOILED WITH FOOD DEBRIS, ACCORDING TO THE REPORT. FINALLY, THE INSPECTOR WRITES, THE COOK HAD LONG FACIAL HAIR, THAT’S OKAY, BUT HE WORE NO BEARD NET. IN THE OLD DAYS EVERYONE WORE A NET TO COVER THEIR HEAD, BUT IT’S ONLY REQUIRED NOW IF THERE IS A LONG BEARD. LITTLE TOKYO IN PIGEON FORGE HAS BEEN REINSPECTED, THAT FAILING GRADE OF 67 HAS BEEN UPGRADED TO A 91. NEXT LOWEST GRADE IS A 73 AT MCDONALD’S, THE ONE ON THE PARKWAY IN GATLINBURG.THAT’S A PASSING SCORE. HERE ARE THE VIOLATIONS. THE INSPECTOR DISCOVERED LIVE ROACHES ON TOP OF THE HAMBURGER COOLER, DEAD ROACHES WERE FOUND IN A STORAGE AREA, AND FLIES WERE FOUND IN THE KITCHEN. THE INSPECTOR WATCHED AN EMPLOYEE AT THE FRONT REGISTER HANDLE ICE CREAM WITH HER BARE HANDS. GLOVES ARE REQUIRED WHEN EVER HANDLING FOOD. THE MEN’S REST ROOM, IT WAS DIRTY. THE VANITY WAS “VERY DIRTY,” WROTE THE INSPECTOR. THIS MCDONALD’S IN GATLINBURG WILL BE RE-INSPECTED SOON. NO NEED FOR INSPECTORS TO RETURN TO THE TOP SCORING RESTAURANTS. HERE ARE THE BEST GRADES OF THE WEEK. IN KNOXVILLE, CENTRAL FLATS AND TAPS ON CENTRAL STREET, 100. ARCHER’S BBQ AND SMOKEHOUSE, THE ONE ON RUTLEDGE PIKE, PERFECT. SAME SCORE, 100, AT FIREHOUSE SUBS, THE ONE NEAR WEST TOWN MALL. THE RUBY TUESDAY IN DANDRIDGE, ALSO RECEIVES 100. IN MADISONVILLE, SOL AZTECA ON HIGHWAY 411, PERFECTO. DUNKIN’ DONUTS, THE ONE IN MARYVILLE, 100 LITTLE CAESAR’S PIZZA IN ROCKY TOP, 100. CHEEZY STEAKS ON THE PARKWAY IN SEVIERVILLE IS PERFECT AS WELL. HERE IS ANOTHER 100, THE APPLE VALLEY CAFE IN TOWNSEND. IN KINGSTON, KITTRELL’SKITCHEN SCORES 100. HERE IS A 99 FOR THE SUBWAY IN SNEEDVILLE. SAME GRADE, 99, FOR FIREHOUSE PIZZA ON BAKER HIGHWAY IN HUNTSVILLE. RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS ARE UNANNOUNCED AND CONDUCTED EVERY 6 MONTHS. DON DARE, COVERING, FOOD FOR THOUGHT. KRISTIN IF YOU’D LIKE TO LOOK OVER ALL OF THIS WEEK’S HEALTH INSPECTION SCORES FOR YOURSELF … WE’VE MADE IT EASY FOR YOU TO DO JUST THAT. THEY’RE ALL UNDER THE AS SEEN ON SECTION OF W-A-T-E DOT COM. BO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION…

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