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Socastee Thai restaurant earns nearly perfect inspection score

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Sakura in North Myrtle Beach recently had a visit from DHEC. An inspector cited the hibachi style buffet restaurant with nine violations during its latest routine inspection. According to DHEC's report, two of those are critical violations.

The inspector reportedly found flies inside Sakura and noted a pest control company was contacted on the spot. Another critical violation came after inspector reportedly found a problem in the kitchen sink. DHEC requires a backflow prevention device for all faucets,  to make sure contaminated water doesn't get into the water system. According to the report Sakura did not have one installed.

Other violations included improperly labeling food and improperly storing cleaning cloths. The report goes on to show the inspector left behind instructions to cleans the floors, the can opener, and the ventilation hood.

The DHEC Inspector gave Sakura a score of 80 which is a ‘B' rating. A follow up inspection is scheduled for next week.

[View full DHEC report for Sakura PDF.doc]

Thai Palms sits along Socastee Blvd. Owner and chef Pien Mimms moved to the Grand Strand from Thailand in 1985, and recently opened the Thai eatery. She  says there were no major issues during DHEC's recent routine inspection.

"I'm really proud of it you know," said Mimms.

According to the report, Thai Palms was cited with one violation and the inspector asked Mimms to remove the protective plastic from the freezer.

The report shows the inspector gave Thai Palms a score of 99, an ‘A' rating.

[View full DHEC report for Thai Palms PDF.doc]

"This is my bread and butter. That's why I have to keep it nice and clean," explained Mimms.

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