UPDATE: After filing this story, DHEC went back to Red’s Ice House on Shem Creek for a follow-up inspection on March 6, two days after the initial routine inspection and dropped their grade again. This time to a “C”, despite getting a 92% on the inspection report
Jennifer Crowley, the owner of Red’s says, the primary reason the inspector dropped their grade is because of a smoker pit outside the restaurant built in the summer of 2018.
“We just couldn’t rebuild a smoker in two days,” said Crowley.
ORIGINAL: Red’s Ice House, and Shem Creek Bar & Grill both have violations to correct to get their grades back to an “A”.
They were not alone in this week’s Restaurant Report Card. A slew of restaurants dropped to a “B” after recent inspections.
Among the violations at Red’s, the inspector reported finding rodent droppings along the baseboards in the dry storage area.
It also has an unapproved smoker pit that the inspector said is not in compliance with code.
Just across Coleman Boulevard at Shem Creek Bar & Grill, no hand soap at the hand sink between the prep room and cookline contributed to their grade dropping to a “B”.
The report also detailed mold on the racks and walls of a cooler near the bar. Also, violations when it comes to cleaning frequency and restriction.
All restaurants with violations will have a follow-up inspection within 10 days.