See how restaurants did in this week’s health inspections. (Photo: KTRE-TV, Raycom Media, MGNOnline)

Check out who raised scores this week and other restaurant evaluations. highlights any restaurant that scored a 90 percent or less, and there is explanation/context about the inspections at the end of this article. 

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High score highlight 

Restaurant: OddStory Brewing Co.

Address: 336 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. 

Score: 100 

Restaurant: Uncle Larry’s Restaurant
Address: 736 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Score: Brought up from 90 to 100
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No 
Date of inspection: 1/10 

Restaurant: Logan’s Roadhouse 
Address: 2119 Gunbarrel Road 
Score: 90 
Critical issues: Yes
Follow-up required: Yes. One critical violation, which was having bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods or lack of alternative approved measure. 
Date of inspection: 1/9 

Restaurant: Chattanooga Convention Center concession 
Address: 1 Carter Plaza 
Score: Brought up from 89 to 98
Critical issues: No 
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 1/6

Restaurant: Poblanos Mexican Cuisine
Address: 551 River St.
Score: 89 
Critical issues: Brought up from 89 to 94
Follow-up required: No 
Date of inspection: Done on same day as original inspection

Restaurant: American Wings 
Address: 4011 Brainerd Road 
Score: Brought up from 87 to 97
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: Done on same day as original inspection
Date of inspection: 1/9 

Restaurant: Red Roof Inn 
Address: 2431 Williams St. 
Score: 83 
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 1/5 

Restaurant: Asia Buffet 
Address: 6901 Lee Highway
Score: 83 
Critical issues: Brought up from 82 to 92
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 1/4 

Restaurant: Sing It or Wing It
Address: 412 Market St.
Score: Brought up from 75 to 97
Critical issues: No 
Follow-up required: No 
Date of inspection: 1/10 

Restaurant: Southern Star
Address: 1300 Broad St.
Score: Brought up from 74 to 94
Critical issues: No 
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 1/9 

Restaurant: Endzone 
Address: 3658 Ringgold Road
Score: Brought up from 68 to 93
Critical issues: No 
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 1/10 

About the inspections 
About six people with the health department are responsible for inspecting everything from pools and schools to restaurants and special events, such as Riverbend.

Although the number fluctuates as businesses open and close, officials estimated there are about 1,700 restaurants in Hamilton County. Each one has two unannounced inspections a year.

The reports are divided into two sections-critical and noncritical. 

Violations in the critical categories likely demand a follow-up, unless operators can correct the situation right then. For violations that can’t be resolved quickly, restaurants have 10 days to correct them. 

A follow-up report isn’t totally representative of how a restaurant did, because they could have gotten a 70 the first time and then 10 days later corrected the problems and raised the score to a 90.

Members of the public often wonder why restaurants with low scores aren’t immediately shut down, but inspectors can only do that if there is an “imminent health hazard,” such as sewage backup. 

Another misconception is about “failing” grades. A score of 55 is bad, but the restaurant gets 10 days to bring it up. If the restaurant doesn’t bring the score up, officials can initiate a closure process, although that is rare.