LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - After the Fayette Mall food court temporarily closed a few weeks ago because of a norovirus outbreak, WKYT wanted to follow Lexington inspectors as they give a restaurant a health score.
"People are eating here. It's like they're eating at my house. They're eating our food. I wouldn't feed people out of a dirty kitchen at home, so I'm not going to do it here," J. Render's Southern Table & Bar owner Gwyn Everly said.
The county gave the restaurant featuring barbecue and southern cuisine a 97 during its health inspection, which is considered a good score. Inspectors only found a couple minor violations.
Health inspectors gave us a glimpse of what they look for when they make sure a restaurant is providing food to customers in a safe manner.
"The first thing we do when we walk into a restaurant is look for the hand sink," senior environmental health specialist Danielle Wells said, "We find the hand sink, and we wash our hands. We definitely want to set an example for our food service employees."
Inspectors looked at the restaurant refrigerator, which was set at the maximum temperature allowed of 41 degrees. The freezer did have some minor ice accumulation, which resulted in a common one-point deduction.
Health inspectors will also look at sanitizer concentration, food storage and dates on products.
"We are here to protect the public and prevent a food-borne illness outbreak," Wells said.
While J. Render's passed with flying colors, not every restaurant makes the cut. An 85 may be a 'B' grade in school, but anything below that number in the restaurant world will result in the establishment to go on probation.