Out of the 15 routine inspections the health department performed last week, all escaped being labeled a low performer. Two of them went above and beyond to earn top honors. If you stop at Tropik Sun to re-fuel after all that tax free shopping in the mall this weekend, you'll be shopping at one of them.
Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 8/5/04.
Tropik Sun has been around since 1992 and run by Millie James since 2001. She attributes their success with cleanliness to her five employees. She says, "When I come in in the morning, they've done a fantastic job. We don't have to clean up after them."
In case you're wondering, Tropik Sun offers a variety of candy, nuts and drinks, the most popular of which is an old favorite. Millie says, "Street Corner Kool-Aid, that's the best thing to sell." Tropik Sun came in with a kool zero violations during their last inspection. It's their fourth time on top on Food for Thought.
Sharing time in the sun this week is a restaurant new to East Lubbock. William's Chicken just opened last Friday and didn't waste anytime getting things right. They had zero critical violations during their first surprise inspection. Owner, Gene Whitten, says that's thanks to his staff. "I just tell them to keep everything in tip top shape at all times. We just stay on everything all the time. We're open 10 to 12 and we're on top of everything 10 to 12."
Whitten says he's excited to call his new business a top performer and he's thankful for the response they've gotten thus far from the community. He says, "East Lubbock needed something and we're just glad we're able to bring it to East Lubbock and people here have received it well."