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.
— by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog
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