Several restaurants raised their scores this week. (Photo: Olga Pavlovsky, Flickr)

Check out this week’s restaurant scores.

Nooga.com highlights any restaurant that scored a 90 percent or less, as well as those that got a perfect score on the initial inspection.

There is explanation/context about the inspections at the end of this article. 

Restaurant: Howard School cafeteria
Address: 2500 Market St.
Score: Brought up from 90 to 100
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was lack of proper cold holding temperatures. 
Follow-up required: Done on same day as original inspection
Date of inspection: 8/17

Restaurant: Full Moon Burger & Bar
Address: 2 Cherokee Blvd.
Score: Brought up from 87 to 97
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical issues, including lack of proper hygienic practices.
Follow-up required: Done on same day as original inspection
Date of inspection: 8/22

Restaurant: Chick-fil-A
Address: 975 E. Third St.
Score: 87
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including food not properly separated/protected.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 8/18

Restaurant: Huddle House
Address: 5611 Brainerd Road
Score: Brought up from 86 to 96
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 8/17

Restaurant: Willy’s Latin Food
Address: 5600 Brainerd Road
Score: Brought up from 85 to 95
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 8/21

Restaurant: Chambliss Children’s Home
Address: 315 Gillespie Road
Score: Brought up from 85 to 96
Critical issues: Yes. Five critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Done on same day as original inspection
Date of inspection: 8/17

Restaurant: Herman’s Soul Food
Address: 3821 Brainerd Road
Score: Brought up from 84 to 94
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including food surfaces not properly cleaned/sanitized.
Follow-up required: Done on same day as original inspection
Date of inspection: 8/15

Restaurant: Mr. Happy 
Address: 3235 Brainerd Road
Score: Brought up from 76 to 94
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 8/17

High score highlights
These restaurants got a score of 100 without a follow-up inspection.

  • Greg’s Sandwich Works, 6337 Brainerd Road
  • Primrose School, 1619 Gunbarrel Road
  • Planet Smoothie, 1414 Jenkins Road
  • Mojo Burrito, 1414 Jenkins Road
  • Subway, 8142 East Brainerd Road
  • Carnitas Carmelita, 2604 Amnicola Highway
  • Fiamma Pizza Co., 405 N. Market St.

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.

 

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