News13 Restaurant Report: Rodent nesting, raw eggs dripping, employee glove violations


MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – We went behind local restaurant kitchen doors, revealing inspection scores and evidence from state health officials in News13’s February Restaurant Report.

Several local restaurants and convenience stores are highlighted in this month’s report.

Based on DHEC guidelines, businesses that earn more than 87 points receive an “A,” 87-78 points receive a “B,” and any business that earns less than 78 points receives a “C” score.


Jade Hibachi, a Conway restaurant, lost a total of twelve inspection points for its inspection this month. Some points were docked for rodent droppings and nesting in the back storage area, along with mold and “grime” on shelves and in a sink. The restaurant scored an 88%. Jade Hibachi is scheduled for a follow-up inspection by March 5th.

Two Mexican restaurants, La Olanchana in Myrtle Beach and Casa Villa River in Little River, both scored low “B” inspection grades.

La Olanchana, located at 4245 Socastee Blvd., was deducted a total of 20 points on an inspection this month. Some violations included raw eggs dripping onto containers of food, dishes reported unsanitary after washing, and holding temperatures storing cold food below standard regulations. Inspectors also reported date markings were missing on cooked chicken, beef, and main ingredients. News13 called La Olanchana and received no response.

The inspector at the Casa Villa River located at 1529 Hwy 17 reported an employee using the same gloves to handle raw shrimp, chicken and beef. The restaurant also violated standards for holding temperatures of hot food. The manager at Casa Villa River was not in.

Tijuanas Grill Mexican Restaurant at 143 East Broadway Street in the Johnsonville area of Florence County received an 83% following its Feb. 19th inspection. You can read through the report here. During a follow-up inspection the next day, the restaurant received a 100%.

Convenience Stores

Cruizers XIII, a Florence gas station and convenience store, located at 701 North Cashua Drive, received a “C” grade, the lowest possible. The convenience store lost points for employees not washing hands before handling ingredients. The DHEC inspector reported “black material” in the storage room and ice machine.

Cruizers received a 73% this month. This is a different location than the other Cruizers location that received a “C” score last month. A follow-up inspection is expected to happen by March 6th.

Turner’s Grocery Store located at 3008 W Highway 76 in Marion, lost 17 points in a routine inspection as employees were reported eating behind the kitchen during inspection and violated hand-washing standards. The inspector also reported improper hot food holding temperatures. A follow-up inspection was scheduled for Friday but we have not yet received that report.

**UPDATE** Turner’s Grocery Store received a 97% on a follow-up inspection on February 28.

The Savway on Ron McNair Boulevard in the Lake City area of Florence County received a 78% on Feb. 4. On a follow-up inspection on Feb. 14, the business received a perfect score.

The Savmart on Highway 9 West in Dillon County received an 82% on Feb. 4th, before receiving a 99% on Feb. 7th.

Perfect Score
Other restaurants earned impressive 100% inspection scores. In Florence, KJ’s Deli and
Bakery received a perfect inspection. Two restaurants in North Myrtle Beach, Everything Sunny Cafe and The Duck Dive Bar and a couple of food chains in Myrtle Beach, the Krispy Kreme on S Kings Highway and the subway on Oakheart Road, also got a 100% score.

We will continue following notable inspection scores each month right here on WBTW News13.

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