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Restaurant Inspections: Friends House

Friends House, a take-out Chinese restaurant in the Hamilton Mill area in Gwinnett County, has had problems lately keeping a passing health inspection score.

After receiving a 47 on two consecutive routine inspections, East Metro Public Health earlier this month suspended the food permit and required the facility to close until conditions improved.

The restaurant at 3300 Hamilton Mill Road re-opened the next day, following staff training and a follow-up inspection score of 100.

Prior to this, Friends House had multiple violations of not separating raw meats from other foods, and leaving food out that should have been refrigerated.

During an inspection March 7,  raw eggs were left out on the prep table at 49 degrees, instead of being refrigerated at 41 degrees. Cooked egg rolls and chicken were also left out on the prep table for three hours. Raw beef and raw shrimp were being stored over ready to eat foods in the freezer.

The restaurant had some of the same code violations during a routine inspection in late January, and also received a score of 47 out of 100.

In between these two routine inspections the restaurant scored 97 on a follow-up inspection. Health inspectors noted then that another violation of food separation and protection on a routine inspection would result in a permit suspension.

Even though Friends House has re-opened, health inspectors will keep an eye on the restaurant and go back for another routine inspection within 30 days.

The Diner at Sugar Hill also re-opened quickly after its permit was suspended briefly last week. A follow-up inspection showed no flaws, giving them a perfect score of 100.

Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants:

Cherokee County

  • Mizu Japanese Steakhouse, 6768 Hickory Flat Highway, Canton: 90/A.
  • Rice Chinese & Sushi Restaurant, 15 Laurel Canyon Village Circle, Canton: 88/B.
  • Vingenzo’s, 105 E. Main Street, Woodstock: 98/A.

Clayton County

  • Bay Breeze, 11440 Tara Boulevard, Hampton: 99/A.
  • Blues Burgers, Inc., 6335 Ga. 85, Riverdale: 100/A.
  • Wings & A Prayer, 553 Highway 138 SW, Riverdale: 73/C.

Cobb County

  • Hong Kong Star Chinese Cuisine, 4719 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta: 71/C.
  • Island Vibes Restaurant, 2092 Cobb Parkway SE, Smyrna: 91/A.
  • Yogo Ono, 745 Chastain Road, Kennesaw: 100/A.

DeKalb County

  • Bourbon Street Café, 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE, Atlanta: 94/A.
  • Jagan’s Restaurant & West Indian Market, 5412 Covington Highway, Decatur: 99/A.
  • Village Burger, 1426 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Dunwoody: 91/A.

Fulton County

  • Boardwalk Fresh Burgers & Fries, 5975 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs: 100/A.
  • Buckhead Diner, 3073 Piedmont Road, Atlanta: 75/C.
  • The Harp Irish Pub, 1425 Market Boulevard, Roswell: 95/A.

Gwinnett County

  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 2030 Sugarloaf Circle, Duluth: 86/B.
  • Monterrey Mexican Restaurant, 1848 Old Norcross Road, Lawrenceville: 86/B.
  • Sushi Hoshi, 1630 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth: 94/A.

— by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog

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