The Iron Horse Tavern in Norcross recently survived what one of its managers called a perfect storm of events.
The restaurant, located at 29 Jones Street, scored a 93 (A) after correcting a host of violations that resulted in a 42 (U) on the routine exam.
The citations – related to temperature controls and substandard food and non-food procedures – came on a day when cooler repairs were scheduled, the lead kitchen manager was off work and the inspector arrived, wrote Huw Thomas of the Dunwoody Restaurant Group (which operates Iron Horse Tavern and other pubs in metro Atlanta) after a review of what transpired that day. In addition to those factors, the restaurant was in ongoing talks with the landlord to repair some structural issues, he said.
While Thomas later explained the events, he did not make excuses for the low score. He said a work plan was immediately implemented, noting that the cooler was fixed the same day, and other items were corrected within days.
During the follow-up visit, the inspector did cite three new infractions, such as improper storage of different items in the cooler, accumulation on gaskets in the prep cooler and a presence of some flies in the prep area.
The inspector advised Iron Horse Tavern to “adjust insect control measures used to minimize the presence of flying pests.”
While the restaurant has faced another failing result in its history, it’s most recent and most consist scores have been in the A-B range. And Thomas pointed out that the structural issues have been fixed after talks for more than a year with the landlord to a building that’s more than 100 years old.
Here are other recent inspection scores from restaurants across the area.
— by Lisa Gibson for the Food & More blog
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