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Restaurant inspections, New China

A malfunctioning cooler cost a Stone Mountain restaurant a half day’s worth of business last week.

A Gwinnett County health inspector suspended the permit of New China, 1227 Rockbridge Road, on Aug. 30 because temperatures were too high on refrigerated food. All the food that had been prepped to serve or cook that day had to be thrown out.

New China has had problems keeping cold foods at safe temperatures on “several occasions,” according to the inspector. The restaurant was given a failing score of 64. Its previous routine inspection score was 48.

Manager Kevin Se said New China was able to re-open for lunch the following day after repairing the cooler and undergoing a second inspection. They made a 95/A on the follow-up, he said.

“We had a little trouble with the cooler, but it’s fixed now,” Se said.

The inspector said the cooler problem should have been addressed when the restaurant first opened that morning. Cold food temperatures hovered near 50 degrees, well above the 41-degree limit required for food safety.

In other code violations, raw beef and raw chicken were placed directly above buckets of sauces in the walk-in cooler. And raw, beaten eggs were being stored in an open bowl above an open container of sauce in the prep cooler.

Raw meats and eggs cannot be placed above ready-to-eat food. New China had problems with food storage on its previous routine inspection.

Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.

Cherokee County

  • Amos’ BBQ, 687 Hightower Trail, Ball Ground. 97/A
  • Chin Chin, 9820 Ga. 92, Woodstock. 89/B
  • Fork & Tavern, 190 E. Main St., Canton. 90/A
  • Pacific Spice, 6234 Old Highway 5, Woodstock. 86/B
  • Taste of Italy, 6235 Old Highway 5, Woodstock. 95/A

Clayton County

  • Backyard BBQ, 10219 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro. 100/A
  • Bamboo Panda, 6335 Highway 85, Riverdale. 88/B
  • Lee’s Golden Buddha, 6987 Jonesboro Road, Morrow. 71/C
  • Longhorn Steakhouse, 2256 Mt. Zion Parkway, Morrow. 98/A
  • Mama T’s Home Cooking, 10249 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro. 87/B

Cobb County

  • American Deli, 873 Veterans Memorial Highway, Mableton. 100/A
  • Los Portales Mexican, 4485 N. Town Square, Powder Springs. 98/A
  • Sessions Street Grill, 380 N. Sessions St., Marietta. 87/B
  • Wing’s & Burger Haven, 2745 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. 100/A
  • Winston’s Food & Spirits, 1860 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. 100/A

Fulton County

  • Bassano’s Pizzeria, 10970 State Bridge Road, Johns Creek. 100/A
  • Dynasty Chinese Cuisine, 10955 Jones Bridge Road, Alpharetta. 95/A
  • Joe’s On Sullivan, 2144 Sullivan Road, College Park. 91/A
  • Little Bangkok, 2225 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta. 100/A
  • Maritza & Frank’s, 637 N. Central Ave., Hapeville. 83/B

Gwinnett County

  • Fini’s Pizzeria, 1032 Old Peachtree Road, Lawrenceville. 90/A
  • Spot Bar & Grill, 4578 Britt Road, Tucker. 88/B
  • Taqueria San Pancho, 4880 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker. 90/A
  • The Loaf, 1098 Herrington Road, Lawrenceville. 82/B
  • US 23 Wings and Grill, 6119 Buford Highway, Norcross. 74/C

– by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog

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