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Restaurant Report Card

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In this week's Restaurant Report Card, Valley News Live digs into the records of eateries that continue to fail health inspection reports. We have found some repeat offenders, who have made our report card before and who's inspections have actually worsened over the year.
This week, we take a look back to notice how some restaurants are moving forward.
Over the year, Kobe's Japanese Cuisine on 15th Avenue South in Fargo has been climbing in critical violations.
In an October Fargo Cass Public Health Inspection, Kobe's was cited for leaving food out of the cooler. The Health Inspector commented on eggs left outside of the walk-in cooler. They received another violation for covering cooked rice with a cloth linen. According to public health standards, linens and napkins are not to be used in contact with most foods.
Paul Boerboom, Kobe's General Manager, says these issues were immediately addressed and followed up by a workplace discussion. "it's educating your staff, it's teaching them reasons why," he said.
But, Kobe's has been cited for those violations before. In October, they were also cited for a repeat violation of an empty soap dispenser at a Hibachi station and a critical violation for not labeling a spray bottle of liquid cleaner.
Boerboom says it's a continuous effort they take seriously.
"It's always striving to be the best and do our best," he said. "It's the customers that make the restaurant. Without customers, we've got expensive chairs."
Next stop: Hooters of Fargo on Feichtner Drive.
Once again, Hooters was noted for not sweeping up dropped food and not repairing part of the flooring the inspector says is missing. They also earned two more critical violations for not marking chopped lettuce with an expiration date and for storing some foods at a warmer temperature than is considered safe.
The general manager says all issues were fixed on the spot.
But, not all restaurants in our report have a history of violation. The Taco Bell on 19th Avenue North has a history of excellence.
"We just clean as we go, that's the only way to do it," Deann Jameson, general manager, said. The location has not had a single violation since opening.
"We kind of make it fun, try to help each other out and give incentives," Jameson describes how she rallies her troops to keep the place clean.
And for that, we give them this week's clean plate award.


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