Getting a restaurant up and running is difficult enough, but add to that the pressure of having a food service health inspector watch your every move.
Shami Kabab Restaurant in Duluth knows this pressure all too well.
The Afghan restaurant at 6590 Sugarloaf Parkway has been open for less than a month, but already draws a following of customers hungry for their meat kabobs, roasted eggplant and other Middle Eastern delicacies.
Before serving its first customer, the restaurant scored 96 out of 100 on an initial inspection. They received a Gwinnett County food service permit and opened for business.
The first routine inspection March 22 didn’t go as well. They were given a failing score of 65.
A restaurant supervisor said an employee didn’t show up to work that day and they had to bring in someone new. They weren’t prepared to be inspected so soon, he said.
Points were taken off because employees failed to wash their hands between glove changes. Points also were docked after the restaurant manager grabbed an eggplant with bare hands, then put on gloves before cutting the vegetable.
Eggplant is considered a ready to eat food and can’t be touched with bare hands, the inspector noted.
Other code violations included not keeping cold foods at 41 degrees or below, and not storing raw meats separately from other foods.
Shami Kabab will have an opportunity to get its score back up to a passing grade with a follow-up inspection this week.
Pizza Vesuvius, 327 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta, improved its health inspection score after receiving a failing score during a recent routine visit. This time they earned an A, scoring 95 out of 100.
Here’s a look at other recent scores from area restaurants:
— by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog
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