Our first stop in Food for Thought this week swept us away to a little piece of Italy where the smell of calzones and pizza fill the air. "Obviously I have a great staff and we work hard and go through our routine everyday and obviously keep clean and strive for perfection," says, Dario Yocum, Manager of One Guy From Italy at 1019 University Avenue. Perfection is was One Guy got! Health inspectors tossed the restaurant a perfect score on their last health inspection. The original location of One Guy has been in business in Lubbock for 18 years and when it comes to Food for Thought, they have a bit of streak going. Yocum says, "I just thank everybody, thank my employees and you thank you, NewsChannel 11, for this opportunity. It's an honor for us to have seven in a row."
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Up next on the top performer list: a restaurant known for it's slogan "eat more chicken." The Chick-Fil-A at 6820 Slide Road prides itself on not being fast food, but instead a quick service restaurant. General Manager Brad Maisel says, "We enjoy seeing the same customers day after day after day. We want to make sure they keep coming back. We take great effort to make sure we have a safe product, a good product, a quality product." Maisel attributes Chick-Fil-A's success to who else... but the hard working employees both out front and in the kitchen. He says, "The ladies and gentlemen in the kitchen they prepare the food and they eat here too, so they know that they want a safe product."
Now, so many low performers... so little time! Five Lubbock restaurants combine for a heap of critical violations in Food for Thought. It's a double whammy for a couple of restaurant chains. If you're a lover of Arby's roast beef sandwiches, stop reading!
The Arby's at 5052 Frankford Avenue is our first low performer. Arby's four critical violations were given for:
All critical violations were corrected on site. A manager tells NewsChannel 11 the health inspector came in after a rush. They'll try to do better in the future.
Our second low performer is another Arby's at 4020 82nd Street. The 82nd Street location received five critical violations.
All critical violations were corrected on site. A manager tells NewsChannel 11 they take their inspection reports very seriously and they are disappointed in their score. They've made a management change and are addressing the issues.
Arby's is not alone at having a tough week with health inspections. The Little Panda also takes two spots on the low performer list this week. The first is at 6302 Frankford Avenue. This location had five critical violations.
All critical violations were corrected on site. A manager could not be reached for comment.
Bad news struck again for the Little Panda at 7412 University Avenue. That location had a whopping seven critical violations.
One critical violation was corrected on site. A manager could not be reached for comment.
Our last low performer is the only one of its kind in Lubbock, so you won't see it twice in this report. The Skillet's at 6622 Interstate 27 had five critical violations.
Three of the five critical violations were corrected on site. A manager tells NewsChannel 11 their cooling unit has been repaired and all other violations have been corrected.