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Restaurant Report Card: Grand Forks Edition

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Two restaurants in Grand Forks caught our eye this week. We'll start with Rumors Bar and Grill off of South Washington street.

In just over a year they've had 20 violations with half of those being critical. The inspector noted that they were in violation in December for having potentially hazardous food in their refrigerator for more than 7 days. This was a repeat violation from one visit to the next.

Back in June of 2013 staffers in the kitchen were also cited for storing sloppy joes at a temperature below industry standards and washing vegetables with bare hands that were not previously washed.

The manager at Rumors tells us that after the inspector left, management helped staff understand why these violations are deemed serious and how they can move forward without repeating the same mistakes.

The next restaurant we checked out was China Garden off of 32nd Avenue south. Since June of last year they've been written up 23 times for violations with 11 of those being critical according to the inspector.

When they were last inspected an ice scoop was found on the same shelf as cleaning chemicals, the employee restroom was lacking soap and hand towels, and some fish were found in a refrigerator from an unapproved source. Meaning the inspector couldn't confirm where the fish came from.

The health inspector told us management here said it was for personal use, but if that was the case it still can't be stored next to food used in the restaurant.

Management at China Garden never returned our multiple calls to tell us how they are moving forward.

But the folks at West Fargo's Pizza Patrol sure did. Maybe that's because they haven't had a violation to speak of in over a year. They've been holding down this location off of 13th Avenue for nearly 15 years and say it's not as hard as you might think to get zero violations if you have the right mentality.

"Just taking care of things that need to be taken care of. Cleaning when things need to be cleaned and taken care of when it needs to be done," says CEO of Pizza Patrol Jay Lere with the help of his brother and the manager of their West Fargo location, Jeffrey Lere.

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