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Restaurant Report Card

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On Tuesdays Valley News Live looks into the health inspectors reports to examine local restaurants that have been cited for health code violations. It's all an attempt to show you what's going on behind the scenes. This week Valley News team's Eric Crest brings us a dose of your restaurant report card.

Restaurants have a hard task at hand to not be in violation of something when the health inspector shows up unexpected for a look around. For The Hub in north Fargo it's no different. In their last two inspections they've had a total of 9 violations.

The repeat offenses here involve not date marking barbequed pork in the cooler. They also failed to date mark cooked pasta. Both of which the manager says were placed in the cooler the same day.

Another repeat offense was issued because of food debris found in their walk-in cooler. The on shift manager tells us all of the problems were taken care of before the health inspector even left. Management says following the random visit a staff meeting was held to discuss where they fell short.

The next restaurant we visit is the Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon off of 13th Avenue South.

In their last three inspections they had a total of 14 violations. Some of the standouts were a bag of potatoes stored on the floor of the restaurant. It was outside dumpster's that were also observed to be left open to the elements for the last three inspections. And the baby change station in the ladies restroom wasn't up to health code standards. It was soiled upon arrival. The manager here says they typically fix all problems immediately and then use those faults to make future corrections.

But Taco Bell off of 13th Avenue near West Acres, they haven't had a single violation in more than a year. So this week they get the Valley News Live clean plate award.

The general manager, who's been with Taco Bell for 32 years says it's all about staying on top of their cleaning routine day in and day out.

"Taco Bell has a great training program. They hold us to a pretty high standard. So we just clean as we go and work hard everyday," says Jeff Hanna the General Manager.

A tip of the hat to a seriously busy Taco Bell off of 13th Avenue South near West Acres Mall. The manager there says to go for as long as they have without a violation to speak of is hard work. But to be acknowledged for it, means a lot.

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