Two local restaurants making changes after failing health inspection

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) - Tokyo Hibachi & Sushi in Sherman and Genti's Pizza and Pasta in Pottsboro received an "F" rating on the latest Grayson County Health Inspection.

Marshall Ward from the department told KXII the "F" rating is given to a restaurant if they receive 30 demerits or more. But the two restaurants both said they're making changes.

Genti Ciku, who's owned Genti's Pizza and Pasta for a little over a month, said he's already labeled and cleaned his restaurant thoroughly.

"I'm trying so hard to change it and make it right," Ciku said.

His store was inspected on Sept. 25. The inspector had to throw out 40 pounds of mozzarella cheese, and the restaurant was cited for a nonworking cooler, keeping cans of food on the ground, and not labeling items among other things.

"The labels and stuff, we label everything now," Ciku said. "We date by the day, month and year."

Over in Sherman, Mike Kim, the general manager of Tokyo Hibachi & Sushi, said he's aware of the problems and is actively trying to change them.

"It's my fault because I neglect some of the stuff that needs to be done," Kim said. "I still need to take responsibility."

The health department told us Kim's restaurant has received an "F" before. At the latest inspection on Oct. 4, the restaurant was cited for having room temperature rice, leaky pipes, toxic chemicals next to food, roaches crawling around, and having raw chicken next to raw shrimp in the cooler.

"Food of different temperatures must be stored in different places to stop cross contamination," Ward said.

Both restaurants have 30 days until they're reinspected. The owners said they expect to have their stores in great shape by then.

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