Kingston Pike buffet temperature issues lead to failure

Knoxville, Tenn. (WATE) – A number of food temperatures along a buffet on Kingston Pike totaled a failing score during its biannual inspection.

Hibachi Grill & Buffet, 9645 Kingston Pike — score: 67; new rating: 89

The rating is 67 at the Hibachi Grill and Buffet. Any score below 70 is considered a failure.

Upon initial inspection the crab on the buffet line was 110 degrees and the fish was 120 degrees.

However, to prevent someone from potentially getting sick, a temperature of 135 degrees and above is required for hot food.

In the kitchen, the frozen shrimp was poorly thawed. At home, you can thaw food in the sink, but in restaurants, frozen food must be thawed in the refrigerator.

In addition, several cooks drank from open cups. Employees can sip drinks while working, but cups should have lids and straws to prevent them from spilling into food.

Finally, the inspector found that the director was unaware of state health rules.

Hibachi Grill and Buffet has been re-inspected and all original critical violations have been corrected. The new grade is an 89.

High scores of the week:

  • K Brew, 507 S. Gay Street — 100
  • Clayton Café, 2018 Clinch Avenue — 100
  • Pop’s Original Donuts, 7699 Northshore Drive — 100
  • Timeless Elegance Tea Room, 156 Main St., Morristown — 100
  • Wendy’s, 2245 Jacksboro Pike, LaFollette — 100
  • Anderson’s Grill, 701 Briarcliff Ave, Oak Ridge—100
  • English Mountain Trout Farm and Grill, 291 Blowing Cave Road, Sevierville – 100
  • Taco Bell, 2085 Broadway, Knoxville — 99

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