Every week city inspectors make sure local and county restaurants are offering you a safe and clean environment. This week, their travels took them to almost 40 area establishments, among them, some local schools. Two local schools make our report this time, and neither of them received a perfect score. Let's check out their violations in this edition of NewsChannel 11's Food for Thought.
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Irons Junior High at 5214 79th is first with one critical violation. A can opener was soiled, all food contact surfaces must be clean, sanitized and in good repair. The violation was corrected on site.
Whiteside Elementary at 7508 Albany is next, also with one critical violation. That's where inspectors found another soiled can opener--the violation was corrected on site.
Now onto the Top and Low Performing restaurants.
It's Top Performance number 4 for Jo Jo's at 811 50th Street, where a hard working staff and a no-fail plan make the difference. "In the morning when we come in basically we start cleaning everything and check for oven, refrigerator thermometers, make sure everything's clean and ready to go for the customer before we open the place up," says owner Merhdad Firouz.
Specializing in popular stand by's like burgers and fries, the people at Jo Jo's want their customers to keep expecting what this restaurant has been delivering for years. "We want to have them see we have a clean place and good food and you know just good service and they'll be happy to come back again," said Firouz.
Also earning a perfect score, Country Plate Diner at 1301 50th Street. They're a repeat Top Performer, once again earning zero critical violations.
The bakery at Sam's Club at 43-04 West Loop 289 is also on top, with zero critical violations.
The only Low Performer is Souper Salad at 6703 Slide road with four critical violations.
The Manager at Souper Salad told NewsChannel 11 they had a good talk with the inspector, and that there are several new employees at the restaurant. He also said they are working very hard on training and that all violations were corrected on site. The report shows all violations were corrected on site.