DHEC finds cutting boards, utensils unclean at popular restaurant

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) The Department of Health and Environmental Control inspectors visited the popular Mexican eatery, Abuelo's Restaurant as well as the Red Barn Tavern in Myrtle Beach this week.

According to an inspection report, DHEC gave Abuelo's a score of 88 after finding one critical violation and some smaller ones.

The report states the critical violation inspectors found were chemicals that were stored improperly and some that were not labeled. Other violations stated on the report were utensils and cutting boards that were found not clean. DHEC inspectors also found that thermometers were not accurate and ordered the restaurant to clean the floors in the storage areas.

The Abuelo's restaurant manager declined to comment on DEHC's inspectionm, but costumer Tania Phillips says she dines at Abuelo's practically every week and she didn't seem to care too much about DHEC's findings.

"Probably a slither of concern, but that wouldn't stop me from coming," she said. "I don't think it bothers me too much. I've been in the restaurant business as well and I understand that sometimes things fall through the cracks. "

This week, DHEC inspectors also dropped in at Red Barn Tavern along Highway 17 Bypass. According to the report, the bar and grill received a score of 96 or an A letter grade.

Patricia Hampton has been a Red Barn employee for years, but she says it's the new owners who have really made cleanliness a top priority.

"Extremely neat," she told WMBF News. "That's one of the most important things. We make sure everything is properly clean and properly stored."

Inspectors didn't find any critical violations, but did find some smaller ones. DHEC ordered the restaurant to clean the inside of the ice machine and microwave, to repair some holes in the walls and to replace the baseboard behind the toilet in the women's bathroom.

Employee Robert Petras says they acted quickly after DHEC's inspection.

"We were on top of it that day and the next day making sure it was taken care of," he said.

To see any follow up scores of these and other restaurants within our area, visit DHEC's website. From there, you can search for a specific restaurant name or restaurants within a specific area.

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