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Restaurant Report Card

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Before you make plans to dine out this week, here's what you need to know in the latest edition of Restaurant Report Card.
The eateries that make our list this time range from drive-thru service to an Asian flare, but all have violated health codes you'll want to know about.
Soon as restaurants pop up in the F-M area, the health inspector is quick to pay a visit. Panera Bread Company is off to a rocky start on 13th Ave S. Their first inspection last month left them with one serious and three minor health code infractions.
A store manager says these violations are just a matter of training in a new staff. Panera received a critical violation for blocking a hand-washing station with a storage cart. The company was also written up for leaving food on the floor and not keeping cleaning wipes in a sanitizing solution.
Over at Lucy's North China Cuisine, the health inspector counted five minor offenses this month. But, they may be more serious than you'd think. Lucy's was written up for storing produce and to-go boxes on the floor and for dust accumulation on the ceiling of the prep area. An employee says they take these reports seriously, and work late hours to keep the place clean.
But, other eateries are rising above the rest. Great Harvest Bread Company gets our Clean Plate Award this week for never receiving a single violation.
"From the time we open at 4 a.m. when the staff gets here, until we close at 6:00, there are things to clean and things to dust and there's flour in our air. So, those are things that have to be taken care of everyday," Susan Bates, owner, said as her staff prepares for a Thanksgiving rush.
Even as these employees cut into the busy season, you can count on this place to be spotless.


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