MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - DHEC inspections are out and they lead WMBF News to a brand new Myrtle Beach cafe, and to Loris to find out why one Japanese restaurant scored so low.
A cup of Joe, acoustic concert and a cozy atmosphere can all be found at the Fat Cat Cafe. The new coffee house is brewing up conversation in Carolina Forest.
"I just needed to provide a place for the community that people could meet and have meetings and enjoy friends and laugh and sing and whatever they want to do here, but first and foremost, our coffee is top notch," said David Carpenter; he owns the cafe with his wife.
The coffee is also roasted locally in Summerville, South Carolina. The cafe has been open for three weeks and has already had a drop in from DHEC. Inspectors scored the cafe a 97, a score they intend to keep.
On the flip side, one restaurant can expect another visit from the Department of Health.
Tokyo Express in Loris scored an 80 out of 100. The DHEC Report lists ten total violations for the Japanese Restaurant. One critical violation is for storing clean pans in the same sink they clean the mop, the other for cooking food at the wrong temperature, which can be hazardous to your health. Both critical violations were corrected on the spot.
Minor violations pointed out more issues with cleanliness, like keeping cutting boards on the floor. This, plus, grime built up in a few spots.
When WMBF News showed up, nobody was available for comment and when we called, the phone call was disconnected several times.
One local woman said they might have good food but she's not surprised by the low score; when asked why, she refused an answer.
Below are the links to these two reports, plus four others from routine inspections this week:
Fat Cat Cafe: http://bit.ly/1m1mjgj
Tokya Express: http://bit.ly/W4xU9m
Sam Sneads: http://bit.ly/1jknpJ7
Market Grill: http://bit.ly/1keCGqe
Bubba's Fish Shack: http://bit.ly/1oLYXhA
Allsbrook Grocery: http://bit.ly/1nlXQaC