DHEC inspectors find critical violations at busy Green Sea restaurant

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) An inspector for the Department of Health and Environmental Control visited Sugar Bears in Green Sea this week for a routine inspection. The busy restaurant known for its fried chicken sits along Highway 9 right across the street from Green Sea High.

A report by DHEC indicates the restaurant was cited for two critical violations. The inspector saw an employee who did not use the correct hand washing procedure and also observed raw beef being stored along with bologna. As part of DHEC's protocol, Sugar Bears was asked to throw out that bologna immediately by the DHEC inspector in case there was an instance of cross-contamination.

The report goes on to show the inspector has given Sugar Bears a to-do list. Inspectors noted Sugar Bears needs to clean the drawer where they store utensils, clean underneath equipment on the countertops, clean the floor in the walk-in fridge, and to clean the floor underneath the coolers and ice machine.

The manager for Sugar Bears says they are doing their best to fix everything the inspector noted in the report. He has also decided to re-train all of his employees on keeping the kitchen clean and up to DHEC's standards. Sugar Bears got a score of 81 which is a 'B' rating.

A DHEC inspector also checked in Johnny Rockets in Barefoot Landing this week for a routine inspection. Manager Amy Right was proud of her employees' work and proud of the restaurant's score from DHEC.

"Overall I think we did very well. We got a 95 which is an 'A' rating," says Right.

In the report, the inspector noted the shelf under the grill, the bottom of the fryers, and the edges of the floor needed to be cleaned.

"It was a couple of technical things and we got those fixed right away," added Right.

Right went on to say she feels confident whenever a DHEC inspector drops in because the restaurant has strict cleaning standards.

"We have a cleaning list that we check every night and every day between shifts. Everything is clean and everything is done right," explained Right.

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