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Restaurant Report Card

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It is time for this week's Restaurant Report Card.

We went through the latest health inspection reports for area restaurants to find out which ones had the most violations and tried to talk to managers or owners at each one to find out if they have made changes.

We begin this week's report at the Golden Corral right off Interstate 94.

In this restaurant's health report, we found nearly all the offenses were repeated and dealt with cleanliness issues.

Floors under food equipment and in the chemical storage room had a build-up of debris. The walls in the kitchen, salad and bakery areas needed cleaning. The areas above the hot food and dishwasher did as well.

Grease and food debris was found on the deep fat fryers. The ice scoop was laying on the ice, and the restaurant had bowls in the salad area stored on a dirty cart.

We tried talking with the general manager about these issues, but he declined to comment.

Our next stop was at Applebee's on 13th Avenue in Fargo. Although minor, we found a couple repeat violations.

There was build up of old food debris on a pair of food tongs. A few floor tiles in the prep area and walk-in cooler were broken or missing. There was also some accumulating food debris on the floor under the dishwasher.

Attempts to contact an owner or manager here did not work.

Our final restaurant was the only one where an owner spoke with us. Dickey's Barbecue Pit on 13th Avenue in Fargo ended up with a few violations, but again, they were minor.

A chemical spray bottle did not have a label on it. The ice scoop was in the ice holding bin. It is supposed to be stored elsewhere. There was some food and grease debris near the fryer. Finally, some coleslaw in the cooler was not marked with a date.

The owner said the spray bottle has been labeled. She is not sure why the ice scoop was in the ice, considering they have a place for it, but that has been addressed. The date on the coleslaw has also been addressed.

She said Dickey's does a deep cleaning once a month, and that will happen the middle of July. Any grease and food build-up will be fully removed.

Of course it is not all about the violations. We also present an award to a restaurant each week with none.

This week's Clean Plate Award goes to O'Leary's Pub in West Fargo. On its most recent inspection, O'Leary's had no violations.

New General Manager Elijah Larson says this gives him pride knowing his staff is putting in the extra time to make sure everything is clean and safe for the customers.

He says the customers will also appreciate it. He says, "I think it means quite a bit to them. I know this place had hurt them for a couple years with some health inspections in the past. I guess on the same note for the guests, them just knowing that the place is being taken care of."
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