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Restaurant Watch—Oct. 5, 2006

Following are routine and complaint inspection reports for Henrico County food establishments inspected recently by the Henrico Health Department, according to Virginia Department of Health guidelines. Deficiencies are noted as critical" (posing a direct or immediate threat to the safety of the food being served) or "non-critical" (representing a failure of cleaning or maintenance). Inspections represent only a snapshot of the establishment on a specific date and time and may not be representative of its overall cleanliness, according to the VDH. Unless noted, all reported violations were corrected at the time of inspection or shortly thereafter.

SEPT. 15
Baker Elementary School, 6651 Willson Road - One critical violation reported (non-food employee observed dipping ice into container from ice bin) and six non-critical violations reported.

Byrd Middle School, 9400 Quioccasin Road - No violations reported.

Deep Run High School, 4801 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen - Three critical violations reported (employee observed handling dirty pans and trays, then unloading clean trays without washing his hands; masing tape found on handle of pizza spatula; test strip did not change color during wash cycle because temperature of water was too low) and two non-critical violations reported.

Godwin High School, 2101 Pump Road - No violations reported.

Ukrop's, 3460 Pump Road - To critical violations reported (meat products found in drawer that was unplugged; employees left slicers after using them with food still in tray) and one non-critical violation reported.

SEPT. 18
Applebee's, 5400 West Broad Street - One critical violation reported (several dirty dishes found on clean rack and several steel pans found with date stickers still on them) and two non-critical violations reported.

Bullets, 1501 East Ridge Road - One critical violation reported (precooked chicken breasts found in cold hold table at temperature that was too warm) and five non-critical violations reported.

Collegiate School, North Mooreland Road - One critical violation reported (employee failed to sanitize container during washing, prior to re-use) and seven non-critical violations reported.

McDonald's, 7118 West Broad Street - One critical violation reported (scoop for bulk ice machine found cracked and in need of replacement) and two non-critical violations reported.

Moe's Southwest Grill, 7011 Three Chopt Road, Suite B - No violations reported during complaint inspection. The complainant alleged that a bug was found in a salad. The manager had identified the bug as a cricket. The salad had come from a ready-to-eat package, and the vendor was informed.

SEPT. 19
Capital Ale House, 4024-A Cox Road, Glen Allen - Four critical violations reported (oyster in breader mix found at room temperature; several items found in refrigerator at temperatures too warm; dried food particles found on slicer; temporary drain hose found on floor in kitchen) and two non-critical violations reported.

Roma's Italian Restaurant, 325 East Williamsburg Road, Sandston - Three critical violations reported (open beverages found in preparation area; dough pans not cleaned after use; dumpster lid and waste oil lid found open) and three non-critical violations reported.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

Lakeside microbrewery beginning to take shape

Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space

A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.

Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.

Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.

Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.

“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.

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