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Every Tuesday we bring you the Restaurant Report Card to tell you about local restaurants that have health code violations stacking up. But this week we're doing something a little different. A restaurant that we showcased some months ago for having several violations has reached out to us. Today Valley News team's Eric Crest shares the story of how Spicy Pie is trying to clean up their act.

We've been to Spicy Pie before. It was months ago and it wasn't for a quick slice. But rather to report that several violations were happening at the NDSU location.

"We want to do better and we take that not as you coming out to catch us doing something wrong. All you're doing taking the cities report. You're not coming in here to evaluate me. You're getting the information that anybody can get," says Spicy Pie's regional manager Brad Barstad.

But months after the segment aired their regional manager called us to let it be known that the Restaurant Report Card got their team thinking about how they can do a better job.

"I look the stuff over all the time that you guys put out there. The biggest reason is not because I care what John and Tom are doing down the street. It's so I can make sure I am not doing the same things they are doing," says Barstad.

Today they have changed their protocol across the board.

"It's the critical violations. Hand washing, debris around fryers, things you cook with food not being dated properly, dirty kitchens," that Barstad wants to make sure his locations don't get written up for.

Within a few months Spicy Pie management will even start to inspect all of their restaurants on a monthly basis.

"It takes time, it takes training," says Barstad.

Which they hope will hold them to a higher standard than they have in place today.

"They have much stricter standards than the city would," says Barstad of the management that will enforce their own set of guidelines soon.

Learning from some mistakes made in the past, Barstad wants to move forward.

"I think you'll definitely see some improvements the next time around," he says.

Be sure to tune in next Tuesday for another installment of your Restaurant Report Card. Check out valleynewslive.com and click on our hot button if you would like to see the full health inspectors report here in Fargo.

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