La Plaza on Riverside scored 74 by Health Dept; long history of low scores on surprise inspections

State Health Inspectors say they walked into La Plaza #3 on Riverside Drive Wednesday to find no soap or hot water at the hand-washing sink, raw food stores above ready-to-eat foods that could be dripped on, a dish-washing machine with zero chlorine, raw shrimp and steak that was too warm had to be embargoed, knives stores behind wall trim, and an abundance of gnats.

In August of 2020, their routine inspection scored a 77 with a follow-up of 93; in March of 2020, the restaurant scored a 55, with a follow-up of 92, and last November they managed to score a 65, with a follow-up of 94 — setting a clear trend that rules are only followed for a short period after being caught breaking them.

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Rudy’s Diner struggles to earn an 82 on Health Inspection: Ants & Employee Hygiene

An inspector with the Department of Health visited Rudy’s Diner on Madison Street on Monday for nearly an hour, and the local favorite struggled to earn an 82 for their Health Inspection Score. Major violations included an employee pulling up his pants with a gloved hand and never changing gloves while continuing to work with food, while another touched a person’s toast with their bare hands prior to serving it. There were ants crawling on the wall above the sink, and the dishwashing machine never reached 160 degrees for proper sanitation.

The dish machine was taken out of service, and all dishes must be hand washed until repaired. One year ago, during the May of 2021 inspection, the dish machine also was not reaching proper sanitization temperatures.

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51: Inspectors found more roaches than handsoap at SOHO Chinese Japanese Fusion restaurant in Clarksville

Health Inspectors gave the SOHO Chinese & Japanese Fusion restaurant a 51 during a Thursday morning inspection in North Clarksville. The routine inspection revealed roaches crawling on the walls, floors, and pipes, no handwashing (and no soap at the sink), raw animal products improperly stored (some at improper temperatures and loose in grocery bags), dishes not being washed or sanitized, and the staff wasn’t checking dates or temperatures of food products. The location has a history of low scores, receiving a 58 in March of 2021, and a 66 in July of 2020.

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China King scores 78 on health inspection, some 2nd & 3rd notice items, raw food storage issues

China King on Lowes Drive received a score of 78 on a routine restaurant inspection from the Tennessee Department of Health on March 24th. An inspector found raw shrimp stored on top of cooked potatoes, raw chicken stored over crab salad, raw fish stored over prep sauce, Sushi rice not marked with time expiration, food not being reheated to the proper temperature, including beef pastries, and wet & soiled wiping cloths stored on prep tables/workstations.

This was the 2nd notice for raw food being stored on prepped food and reheating temperatures, and the 3rd notice about the food expiration times and about improper cooler temperatures, with some 15 food items embargoed during this inspection.

A full copy of the inspection is included in the story…

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