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Kitchen Cops: Restaurant owner says problem that led to violations is fixed

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This week's Kitchen Cops has a first-time low performer and one restaurant that scored a 100.

Alfonso's Pizza & Italian Restaurant on 6th Avenue in Decatur scored an 84 during their recent inspection. The Morgan County Health Department reports the main issues were food items, including meatballs, pasta, and chicken that were in the "food danger zone," not hot enough or cold enough to prevent bacterial growth.

Marie Barbee has owned and operated Alfonso's, which is named for her grandfather, for fifteen years. She said there were a couple of issues on the day of the inspection, including a cooler in need of repair, that caused the temperature problems.

"We did have a cooler that was a few degrees off, which we've had that fixed. Then, really, it just came down to everything cooling. Everything had been cooked in large batches that morning and just hadn't cooled down in the coolers yet. And, then, we had just finished a lunch rush. Everything was out for the lunch rush, and you just put it back in the coolers, and it just hadn't cooled down. Most of it was just a couple of degrees over the safe zone," Barbee said.

Alfonso's had never been on the Kitchen Cops Low Performers list before. Barbee said she and her staff are determined to make sure they never are again.

"I'm looking forward to the reinspection and getting off the list and going back to normal to the 90s, where we normally are," she said.

We will let you know how they score during their reinspection.

The Old Rocking Chair Restaurant in Tuscumbia scored an 83 with the Colbert County Health Department. The inspector reports several food items, including meat loaf, potatoes, green beans and pinto beans, did not have date marks indicating when the food was made and when it would expire. The inspector reports that an employee said they were not sure when they food had been cooked.

The Jiffy Food Store on Market Street in Athens scored an 82. The inspector reports chicken wings were 26 degrees below the temperature required for hot food, and cold food items in a cooler were not cold enough, four degrees off the mark.

There are nine Kitchen Cops High Performers this week, but only one, The Woodpecker Cafe on North Court Street in Florence, scored a perfect 100 during their health inspection.

California Grill on Governors Drive in Huntsville is one of five High Performers that scored a 99. The others are Quiznos Subs on Bob Wallace Avenue Southwest in Huntsville, Lenny's Sub Shop in Muscle Shoals 99, Chat 'N Chew in Florence, and The Red Clay Epicurean in Sheffield.

The Burger King on Whitesburg Drive in Huntsville scored a 98, as did the deli at Griner's Supermarket in Hazel Green and the Subway in Tanner.

For health inspection scores from around the Tennessee Valley and across Alabama click here.

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