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Restaurant inspections, Grand Buffet

Inadequate hygiene practices and some unfinished building repairs cost Grand Buffet in Duluth a passing inspection score.

The Chinese restaurant at 1825 Liddell Lane was given a failing score of 41 out of 100 on a recent inspection.

Spokeswoman Irene Wok, who assists the restaurant manager, said Grand Buffet usually makes A’s or B’s, but an unfinished building project lowered the score this time.

“The kitchen is clean. Most of the problems are from a contract remodeling. The contractor is not finished and that cost us some points,” Wok said.

Points were taken off for a broken faucet, shelves that needed repairing or replacing and missing sneeze guards on portions of the buffet serving stations. Also, a back-splash was missing from a hand-sink, and multiple areas in the facility needed repairs.

However, Grand Buffet dropped most of its points for violations of good hygiene.

Employees were not washing their hands before beginning food prep, or between glove changes or when changing duties, the inspector said.

Gloves were not changed frequently, either. Employees were observed wearing the same pair of gloves for multiple tasks.

Points also were taken off because management did not restrict an employee with an improperly covered infected arm wound. A bandage was only attached by one side, which left the wound exposed and the potential for the bandage to fall off into the food, according to the report.

Among other code violations, eight severely dented cans on a stock shelf had to be removed. Multiple food items in a walk-in freezer were incorrectly stored. And a large number of frozen lobsters were not being thawed properly.

Grand Buffet’s previous score was a 96/A. The restaurant will have an opportunity to get its score back up during a follow-up inspection later this month.

Here are some other inspection scores from area restaurants.

Clayton County

  • Anne & Bill’s Restaurant, 1057 Main St., Forest Park: 72/C.
  • Dixon’s Southern BBQ, 898 Spur Highway 138, Jonesboro: 95/A.
  • Hong Diep Fast Food, 1626 Lake Harbin Road, Morrow: 56/U.

Cobb County

  • Imani African Restaurant, 1651 Roswell St., Smyrna: 92/A.
  • Jerk Kitchen Restaurant, 2821 Chastain Meadow, Marietta: 100/A.
  • Mi Rancho Mexican Restaurant, 760 Sandtown Road SW, Marietta: 85/B.

DeKalb County

  • Pesos Mexican Cantina, 4920 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur: 88/B.
  • Taki Japanese Steak House, 4711 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody: 97/A.
  • This Is It! BBQ & Seafood/Panola, 2853 Panola Road, Lithonia: 96/A.

Forsyth County

  • Midway Meal House, 5150 Highway 9, Alpharetta: 91/A.
  • The Ridge – Great Steak and Seafood, 1035 Turner Road, Cumming: 98/A.
  • Yuan Li Restaurant, 5110 Browns Bridge Road, Cumming: 78/C.

Fulton County

  • Mary Mac’s, 224 Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta: 97/A.
  • Taquaria Don Sige, 1720 W. Vesta Ave., College Park: 92/A.
  • Xian, 5316 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta: 69/U.

Gwinnett County

  • Dos Copas Mexican Grille, 2463 Hamilton Mill Road, Dacula: 96/A.
  • Cheogajip Chicken, 1291 Old Peachtree Road NW, Suwanee: 76/C.
  • Flavors of Chicago, 3083 Breckinridge Blvd., Duluth: 97/A.

— by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog

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