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Restaurant Inspections, Rice Box

Rice Box, a Midtown Chinese takeout, failed another restaurant health inspection, its third failure in the past two months.

The May 17 Fulton County inspection was prompted by a customer complaint and the facility at 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, was given a failing score of 59 out of 100.

There were various health code violations of properly storing food and other items. Utensils were being held in tepid water. Various chicken products were left on the counter.

Food also was being kept in open cans, and some was stored in used cardboard boxes that once held raw chicken, according to the inspection report. The restaurant was told to get rid of permanent cardboard storage and not to store food in old containers.

Among other violations, the employee hand sink was blocked with egg crates and other items, and not all the food prep employees were wearing head covers.

Rice Box has had problems passing routine inspections and those prompted by a complaint. On March 16 the restaurant was given a failing score of 68 on a complaint inspection, and on April 12 it received a 56 during a routine inspection.

During the follow-up visits March 28 and April 22 Rice Box received passing scores of 79 and 97.

Fulton County policy is to revoke the food permit of a restaurant if they fail two consecutive routine health inspections. Two of Rice Box’s failing health scores have been during inspections prompted by customer complaints, not routine visits.

The manager of Rice Box was unavailable for comment about the report. The restaurant will receive a follow-up inspection later this month.

Another recently featured restaurant was able to improve its score during a follow-up inspection. On May 12, Chico & Chang, 447 Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta, was given a 76, which is a C. They previously had a 37.

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

Cherokee County

  • Bedoe’s Bar & Grille, 6115 Hickory Flat Highway, Canton: 88/B.
  • BLD’s Restaurant, 295 Molly Lane, Woodstock: 91/A.
  • Dos Margaritas, 1558 Ball Ground Highway, Canton: 95/A.

Cobb County

  • Frankie’s Italian Restaurant, 3085 Canton Highway, Marietta: 91/A.
  • Hamada Japanese Restaurant, 3895 Cherokee St. NW, Kennesaw: 98/A.
  • Haveli, 490 Franklin Road SE, Marietta: 90/A.

DeKalb County

  • Jamaica Kitchen II, 3545 Panola Road, Lithonia: 91/A.
  • Madina Restaurant, 5291 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain: 82/B.
  • The Marlay House, 426 W. Ponce De Leon Ave., Decatur: 97/A.

Fulton County

  • Brick House Pizza, 580 E. Crossville Road, Roswell: 90/A.
  • Cheyenne Grille, 2391 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta: 89/B.
  • Royal Orchid, 931 Monroe Drive NE, Atlanta: 94/A.

Gwinnett County

  • Del Rio Mexican, 1342 Auburn Road, Dacula: 80/B.
  • Franco’s Pizza, 1365 Grayson Highway, Lawrenceville: 95/A.
  • R & K’s Hometown Barbecue, 1173 Highway 29 S., Lawrenceville: 94/A.

Henry County

  • Red Lobster, 1846 Jonesboro Road, McDonough: 73/C.
  • Ryan’s Steakhouse, 5425 N. Henry Blvd., Stockbridge: 71/C.
  • Soho Grand, 716 Highway 155 S., McDonough: 94/A.

— by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog

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