Toxic chemicals stored close to food was just one of several violations that forced the Department of Health and Environmental Control inspectors to lower Peking Gourmet’s grade to a “C”.
The Rivers Avenue restaurant had several other priority violations that contributed to the lower grade.
Those violations include not having a certified food protection manager, not having warm enough water in the hand sinks, and a back room and kitchen cluttered with unnecessary items and litter.
El Mercadito and Taqueria on Maybank Highway also at a “C”.
DHEC inspectors scored the restaurant at 98% on the report.
The lone violation was a lack of a certified food protection manager.