MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Island Café and Deli had a surprise visit from a Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) inspector on Monday afternoon, right in the middle of their busy lunch crowd.
"We were rocking and rolling. We had lots of folks here and of course the kitchen was not the best in the world," explained Patsy Hardee who runs the Pawley's Island restaurant with her son. She was there during the routine inspection.
"There were a few critical that needed to be corrected," said Hardee.
The DHEC report shows Island Café and Deli was cited for a critical violation for holding food above the required temperature and for improperly reheating food.
"We corrected everything that he asked us to," added Hardee.
The inspector left behind instructions to clean the microwave, walk-in refrigerator, and ceiling tiles. The report also shows there were a couple of problems with the walk-in refrigerator.
According to the report, the inspector found rust on a rack and noted the light fixture was missing a required piece. There was one other minor violation. The lid was missing from an employee's drinking cup," explained Hardee.
Island Café and Deli scored an 81 a ‘B' rating. Hardee says they even though they never want to score a ‘B' again, she's glad DHEC checks in their café and other restaurants too.
"That's very important. Even when I go out to eat, that's the first thing I look for, what's on the front door." On Friday it was back to an ‘A' grade on Island Café & Deli's door. The inspector returned Wednesday for a follow up inspection. This time the restaurant scored a 97.
Maryland Fried Chicken in Myrtle Beach scored a 95 in its recent routine inspection, a solid ‘A' rating on DHEC's scale. There were a few problems an inspector cited on the report.
The report shows instructions for the fast food chicken spot to clean some shelves, spots on the wall and the ventilator hood.
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