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Restaurant Report Card

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It is time for this week's Restaurant Report Card. Each week we comb through the latest health inspection reports to find the restaurants with the most and least violations.

The first restaurant chosen was the Iron Skillet Restaurant.

The inspector found food items were held in the cooler beyond the date marked on them, though they were thrown out at the time of inspection. Some packaged food the restaurant sells was not labeled correctly, and the temperatures in the food prep line and the salad bar were above the required 41 degrees.

We spoke with one of the owners who says they rarely have violations. She says she is doing what she can to make sure they do not happen again. For instance, the packaged food is now labeled, and workers are stirring food on the salad bar every hour to keep it cool.

Next, we looked at Monte's Downtown.

There was not enough chlorine in the dishwasher to properly sanitize the dishes. The floors under the equipment had food debris buildup. Food items like rice and sugar were on the floor of the storage and kitchen areas, and some food was not marked with a date.

The owner says, while being new is not an excuse, he has high standards to improve the restaurant.

He had the dishwater fixed the same day of the inspection. He says the rice and sugar had just been delivered, so he did not have a chance to put them away. As for sanitation, he says he will actually, voluntarily, be closing for a couple of days to do a deep clean.

Our final restaurant is Space Aliens Grill and Bar. In its health inspection, the kitchen walls and floors, including the ones under equipment required cleaning. Some of the storage containers were not marked or cleaned properly, and fruit flies were found near the mop equipment.

This restaurant is also going through management changes.

The operations consultant says he has been in Bismarck working with staff, but now he is putting extra focus on Fargo.

He says they have cleaning calendars for each day now, and storage containers have been relabeled and fixed. As for the fruit flies, he says he is working with an extermination company to wipe them out.

The report card is not all about the violations, though. We also give out a Clean Plate Award each week. This week's award goes to The Winery in South Fargo.

The Winery deserved this award because on its most recent inspection, there were no violations to report.

Workers there say it makes a better work environment for them when they follow guidelines, and they say their customers really appreciate it.

Executive Chef John Almond says, "It means a great deal for us that the health department has reviewed us quite a few times and found that we aren't in violation of any of their codes."

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