A Norcross restaurant had its permit suspended briefly last week because of repeat Georgia health code violations that resulted in a failing inspection score.
Andrew Villarreal, manager of Mariscos Las Islitas, a Mexican seafood restaurant at 5495 Jimmy Carter Boulevard, said he closed the facility for a day to have it thoroughly cleaned. “It takes a whole day, and we can’t cook food when this is going on,” he said.
He said he also took this time to re-organize the kitchen to earn a higher score than the 61 the restaurant received on its Aug. 27 routine inspection.
“The managers weren’t here and when that happens the employees can sometimes get out of hand,” Villarreal explained.
The inspector cited several repeat code violations, such the hand sink being used to wash or prep food. Also, cold foods were not being kept at 41 degrees or below, and employees weren’t checking and documenting the temperatures. Shrimp, crab legs, raw fish and raw chicken were thrown away.
Refrigerated foods were not properly marked with a date of consumption or disposal. The inspector found two large containers of shrimp sauce soup, one large container of diced tomatoes and one large container of cooked beans that had not been marked.
Restaurant staff made these and other corrections before the Aug. 29 re-inspection and earned a new score of 100/A. The inspector gave approval to re-open, but warned that future repeat violations will result in another permit suspension.
Here are other recent restaurant inspection scores from across the area.
– by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog
(Commenting is closed on this post.)