Food for Thought Report 12.2 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/2/04

Food for Thought Report 12.2

It's bad news for a bar and grill popular with the college crowd, but it's good news for a recent addition to Lubbock. Not only can you taste the difference, you can see the difference inside the kitchen of this week's only top performer.

Food for Thought 12.2
Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 12/2/04.

Gene Whitten, Owner of William's Chicken, says, "We have good help and they take pride in what they do and their work and we have a good product and that speaks for itself." It also speaks for itself that William's Chicken is getting their second top performer plaque after opening just this past summer. Located at 3017 Idalou Road, the restaurant had zero critical violations during their last health inspection. Whitten says, "We just work. We're open 14 hours and we work 14 hours. Cleanliness and the product and appearance, we keep in good shape."

And business isn't bad either. William's Chicken is doing so well, Whitten is thinking about opening a second location near Texas Tech. He says, "We figured it'd be a good thing but it's just been unbelievable. It took off and hasn't let up yet."

To find the fast food chain's secret, one only need look as far as the ties around the employee's necks. They're covered in smiley faces. Whitten says, "That's what we are, we're happy. William's Chicken trademark tie, we have to wear them."

It's not all smiles at our low performer this week. Health inspectors left Skooner's Grill and Bar at 1617 University Avenue with five critical violations.

  • Dented cans were found in the dry storage area.
  • Rice, beans and taco meat were not properly date marked.
  • A hand sink behind the bar had no hot water.
  • Dead roaches and roach droppings were found in the dry storage area.
  • A deli slicer was soiled.

The first two violations were corrected on site. A manager could not be reached for further comment.

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