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Restaurant inspections, Grand Buffet

An Atlanta restaurant remains open for business despite receiving a second failing routine inspection in the past year.

Grand Buffet, 2625 Piedmont Road, Atlanta, scored a 48 out of 100 during its July 25 inspection, and was flagged for having numerous repeat violations of the Fulton County health code.

Despite being previously warned, food still wasn’t stored properly, or dated and labeled according to code. Frozen fish was improperly thawing in a container of water. Personal beverages were stored in the food prep area. And the restaurant’s permit had expired, according to the inspection report.

Among new violations, there was mold in the ice machine and no soap or paper towels at the hand sinks. Melting ice from the sushi table was draining on the kitchen floor instead of a drain line.

Staff were told not to re-use old containers for food storage and to clean all equipment, including handles and shelving. A leaky compartment sink, and a hole in a rear wall, both needed repairing, according to the report.

Grand Buffet received a failing score of 57 during a routine check last September, then rebounded with an 88/B at the follow-up visit a few weeks later.

The restaurant will be given a chance to improve its latest score with a follow-up inspection this month.

A spokesperson at Grand Buffet said the inspector showed up “unannounced” for the routine inspection, but that they will be ready when the facility is re-inspected . The owner was unavailable for comment.

Here are more recent restaurant inspection scores from across the metro area.

Cobb County

  • Arena Tavern, 2475 George Busbee Parkway, Kennesaw. 100/A
  • China Sun Express, One Galleria Parkway, Suite 1D-12, Atlanta. 89/B
  • Harry’s Pizza & Subs, 2150 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta. 85/B
  • Hidalgo’s Mexican Restaurant, 3600 Dallas Highway SW, Marietta. 90/A
  • Jack’s New Yorker Deli, 168 Roswell St., Marietta. 100/A

DeKalb County

  • Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 4705 Memorial Drive, Decatur. 80/B
  • Asian Pearl Buffet, 4166 Buford Highway, Suite 1052, Atlanta. 83/B
  • Brio Tuscan Grille, 700 Ashford Parkway, Atlanta. 77/C
  • Chelsea’s Bakery & Vegetarian, 3423 Covington Drive, Suite F, Decatur. 96/A
  • Com Dunwoody Vietnamese Grill Fusion, 5486 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Suite C-13, Dunwoody. 80/B

Fulton County

  • Buckhead Diner, 3073 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta. 100/A
  • Cocina Sofia, 10390 Alpharetta St., Suite 120, Roswell. 93/A
  • Corner Café, 3070 Piedmont Road, Atlanta. 89/B
  • Deli & Seafood, 5084 Old National Highway, College Park. 93/A
  • El Azteca Mexican Restaurant, 5925 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 91/A

Gwinnett County

  • Amazing Burgers, 3780 Old Norcross Road, Duluth. 100/A
  • East Pearl Seafood, 1810 Liddell Lane, Duluth. 95/A
  • Gino’s Restaurant and Bar, 5975 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 2, Norcross. 83/B
  • Las Arepas de Julia, 4044 Highway 29, Suite B, Lilburn. 83/B
  • McCray’s, 100 N Perry St., Lawrenceville. 85/B

– by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog

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