Six people with the health department are responsible for inspecting everything from pools and schools to restaurants and special events, such as Riverbend. (Photo: Olga Pavlovsky, Flickr)

Check out this week’s 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.

We note critical violations because those are the ones that are more likely to lead to illness.

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

Restaurant: Ziggy’s
Address: 607 Cherokee Blvd.
Score: Brought up from 90 to 99
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 5/22

Restaurant: The Pizza Place
Address: 1210 Taft Highway
Score: 90
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation—food contact surfaces not properly cleaned/sanitized.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 5/23

Restaurant: McDonald’s
Address: 1735 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road
Score: 89
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including lack of proper hot holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 5/23

Restaurant: Sarku Japan
Address: 2011 Hamilton Place Blvd.
Score: Brought up from 88 to 98
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 5/24

Restaurant: Nooga Q
Address: 301 Signal Mountain Road
Score: Brought up from 84 to 94
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 5/22

Restaurant: Dub’s Place
Address: 4408 Dayton Place
Score: 82
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 5/24

Restaurant: Subway
Address: 3641 Brainerd Road
Score: Brought up from 75 to 97
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 5/23

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

  • Rosselli’s, 1667 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road
  • Dipin’ Dots, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.

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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