February DHEC Food Grades: 5 Charleston-area restaurants get 'C' grades
There are hundreds of restaurants and retail food stores in the Tri-County area, Of those, five restaurants received a grade of “C” from DHEC during February.
Four of those restaurants have since seen their grades improve to "A" in follow-up inspections, according to DHEC. A fifth again received a "C" in a follow-up.
All five restaurants that got a "C" are located in Charleston County. No restaurants in Berkeley County or Dorchester County received a "C" from DHEC in February.
Following is a list of the five Charleston County food establishments that received a “C” in February. Overall scores and links to DHEC reports explaining the grades are provided for each.
- Hardee's #0658
960 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mt. Pleasant
“C” grade, 75% score, Feb. 15 (REPORT)
“C” grade, 88% score, Feb. 20 (REPORT)
“C” grade, 89% score, Feb. 23 (REPORT)
Most recent grade: “A,” 100%, April 19
- Jackie's Restaurant
4306 Rivers Ave., North Charleston
“C” grade, 96% score, Feb. 20 (REPORT)
Most recent grade: “C,” 93%, March 20
- La Tabella
979 Harborview Rd., Charleston
“C” grade, 70% score, Feb. 27 (REPORT)
Most recent grade: “A,” 100%, April 26
- Las Lupitas
1745 Remount Rd., North Charleston
“C” grade, 90% score, Feb. 2 (REPORT)
Most recent grade: “A,” 97%, Feb. 12
- Wild Wing Cafe
7618 Rivers Ave., North Charleston
“C” grade, 73% score, Feb. 20 (REPORT)
“C” grade, 90% score, Feb. 26 (REPORT
Most recent grade: “A,” 96%, April 4
In Beaufort County, the Little Caesar’s on Robert Smalls Parkway got “C” grades on Feb. 26 and March 9. Its last grade was an “A” March 19.
No restaurants in Colleton, Georgetown, Orangeburg or Williamsburg received a “C” in February.
- PAST GRADES
December: 3 Charleston-area restaurants get a "C"
November: 4 Charleston restaurants get a "C"
ABOUT DHEC's FOOD GRADES
Retail Food Establishment Inspections are scored based on a 100 point scale. At the completion of the inspection, a letter grade is posted at each facility based on the calculated numerical score and the facility's past compliance history.
- Grade A - The retail food establishment earned more than 87 points. Food safety practices appeared to meet the requirements of 61-25
- Grade B - The retail food establishment earned 87-78 points. Food safety practices need improvement.
- Grade C - The retail food establishment earned less than 78 points. Food safety practices need significant improvement.
There are circumstances and conditions outlined in state health code under which the letter grade posted at a facility may differ from the numerical score of the most recent inspection.
Each score is a snapshot in time based on how a retail food establishment handles the five major risk factors related to employee behaviors and preparation practices.
The five major risk factors are:
- Food Contact Equipment Cleanliness - Did the inspector see build up on equipment that comes into contact with food?
- Cooking Temperatures - Are foods being cooked or heated to temperatures within a safe range?
- Employee Health - Does the facility have a plan in place to require employees who are sick to stay home?
- Food Sources - Can the facility prove where all foods are coming from and are they coming from approved sources? (an exception would be raw, unprocessed produce from small farms, produce stands or farmers markets)
- Food Holding Temperatures - Were the foods maintained at safe hot or cold holding temperatures?