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Restaurant Inspections, Happy Wok

Happy Wok, a Chinese buffet and take-out restaurant in Alpharetta, voluntarily closed after a health inspector observed unsanitary conditions and numerous food safety violations during a routine inspection April 18.

The restaurant at 12315 Crabapple Road was given a failing score of 29 out of 100. The list of code violations was long, and the inspector took photos as proof of the conditions.

There were rodent droppings on the kitchen floor, as well as dead roaches in the facility. The floors, walls and ceiling had “heavy, heavy debris,” and the bathroom was described as having “gross conditions” with heavy debris, according to the inspector’s report.

The soda machine had mold in the tubes and nozzles. The facility had no bleach sanitizer, and employees were washing dishes without it.

Employees did not wash their hands while the inspector was there. The employee hand sink was piled high with dishes, bucket tops and cups.

The facility had no thermometers to measure food temperatures, and there were no date markings on any food products to indicate freshness.

A large pan of chicken was on the floor. Bulk containers of salt, flour, sugar and potato starch were stored uncovered. And buckets of meat were stored uncovered on the floor of the walk-in cooler.

Fulton County did not revoke Happy Wok’s food permit license because its previous routine inspection in April 2010 was a B, with a score of 84, according to county spokeswoman April Majors.

A restaurant has to have two consecutive failing routine inspections before they will be asked to close, Majors said.

Happy Wok closed on its own, and was still closed days after the inspection and could not be reached for comment.

Before re-opening, Happy Wok will have to correct the violations and then contact the department for a follow-up inspection, Majors said.

Here’s a look at other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.

Cherokee County

  • Little River Grill, 6979 Bells Ferry Road, Canton: 90/A.
  • Misty Mornings, 1428 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock: 97/A.
  • Summits Wayside Tavern, 2990 Eagle Drive, Woodstock: 96/A.

Cobb County

  • Lahore Grill, 1869 Cobb Parkway S., Marietta: 92/A.
  • Rose & Crown Tavern, 1931 Powers Ferry Road, Atlanta: 82/B.
  • Tommy’s Sandwich Shop, 148 Roswell St., Marietta: 96/A.

DeKalb County

  • Madina Restaurant, 5291 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain: 79/C.
  • Rose of India, 4847 Peachtree Road, Chamblee: 89/B.
  • The 57th, 3829 Clairmont Road, Atlanta: 78/C.

Fulton County

  • Don Pepe Mexican Restaurant, 274 Senoia Road, Fairburn: 99/A.
  • Fuddruckers, 6360 N. Point Parkway, Alpharetta: 75/C.
  • Prickly Pear, 950 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta: 98/A.

Gwinnett County

  • Big Wong BBQ, 5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross: 67/U.
  • Joe’s Crab Shack, 4300 Stone Mountain Highway, Lilburn: 91/A.
  • Porto Bello, 960 Scales Road, Suwanee: 90/A.

Henry County

  • O’Charley’s Restaurant, 1842 Jonesboro Road, McDonough: 98/A.
  • Rico’s, 386 E. Atlanta Road, Stockbridge: 89/B.
  • Willingham’s Kitchen, 2061 Highway 42 N., McDonough: 91/A.

— by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog

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