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Andy's Rest. Scorecard: A sweet "Tart" encore, plus scores as of 2/22/11

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HICKORY HILL, SOUTHEAST MEMPHIS (WMC TV) - Clyde Tart's practice in good food, great service and a clean kitchen makes his establishment perfect.


For the second time in a row, Mr. Tart's Buffalo Wings inside Hickory Ridge Mall, 6075 Winchester Rd, earned a perfect 100 on its Memphis-Shelby County Health Department inspection Feb. 22.

"That's the name of the game," said a smiling, sweet Tart. "If you're going to do it, do it right."

Tart earned a score of 100 on his first health inspection Aug. 18, just five months after he opened the Hickory Hill location (please read that Scorecard report here:

Loyal customers like Hickory Hill's Andrea Warren appreciate the kitchen hygiene, but it's the ump-teen flavors of buffalo wings and the VIP treatment that open their wallets and purses.

"It's the hot wings and the love!" said Warren.

Share a little "sweet Tart" love at Mr. Tart's Buffalo Wings in the Hickory Ridge Mall or at his original location, 6158 Stage Road in Bartlett, TN.


Four Memphis-Shelby County restaurants tied for the low score of the week, a 74 (five points above failure) with food permit suspension notices:

An inspector cited Memphis Pizza Cafe, 5061 Park Ave., for:

"ham, beef (at unsafe food temps)"

"employee left the kitchen area, took customer food with gloves on; re-entered the kitchen, got croutons with gloves; never washed hands (or) changed gloves.

the inspector admonished the employee to "practice good hygiene" and wrote the word "DIRTY" seven times to describe restaurant conditions

"We just have to do a better job," said manager Brian Clarke. "Unfortunately, when employees sometimes wear gloves, they go station to station without taking them off and replacing them, so we just had to reinforce that and make sure it was being taken care of."

Clarke and his staff also took care of the blocked compressor in the salad/condiment cooler that contributed to the food temperature violations.

An inspector cited Stevi B's Pizza Buffet, 2990 Kirby Whitten Rd. in Bartlett, TN, for:

"foodhandler...washed hands with gloves on" instead of taking them off to wash her hands

"ice machine moldy inside"

"disinfectant cleaner stored with pans on same shelf"

Owner Ron Rye indicated he was embarrassed because his restaurant is used to earning good health inspection scores.

"The problem with being good is not being great," Rye said. "We've got to be great. But the great thing about our restaurant, our customers think we're cleaner than most of the places they can go."

An inspector cited Golden Coast, 1140 N. Germantown Parkway in Cordova, TN, for:

"Windex stored with soy sauce"

"case of food stored on trash container"

"scallops (at unsafe food temp)"

Backyard Burger's Berclair location, 4471 Summer Ave., was cited for:

"(insect risk) of broken closures at entrance/exit"

"missing handle on cooler door"

"hot dog (at unsafe food temp)"

Golden Coast partner Veronica Young and Berclair Backyard Burger General Manager Robert Herrod said the violations at both restaurants have been corrected.

All four restaurants await their follow-up inspections. 

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