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Restaurant inspections, Pita House

Pita House, a fast-casual restaurant in the Emory area, was forced to close briefly last week to clear up some repeat health code violations that led to a score of 52.

This was the second failing score on a routine inspection this year for the restaurant at 2050 N. Decatur Road, Decatur. The inspector found live roaches, food that wasn’t stored properly in the cooler and left-overs with no discard dates.

Pita House had been marked down for these same infractions at its last routine inspection in May, in which it received a failing score of 59.

Ammar Kareem, the restaurant’s certified food safety manager, said the violations were “minor” but cost a lot of points because they were repeat violations.

“We’ve fixed everything now,” he said. “There were just some minor things, like we didn’t have a label on some food.”

Pita House did have a few new violations of the health code, as well. Moldy bell peppers and uncovered food were in the walk-in cooler. There was no prepared bucket of sanitizing solution to disinfect the tables and counters.

The restaurant was forced to close until after a follow-up inspection the next day on Sept. 18. Kareem said Pita House received a new score of 92/A.

For restaurants seeking to improve their inspection scores, the Georgia Restaurant Association offers free food code briefings for Fulton and DeKalb counties.

The next scheduled briefings are Oct. 24 for Fulton, and Oct. 30 for DeKalb. For registration and more information go to their website at, and search for briefings under the News & Events tab.

Here are some other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.

Cherokee County

  • Century House Tavern, 125 E. Main St., Woodstock. 90/A
  • Jersey’s Sports Bar, 6426 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock. 76/C
  • Marco’s Pizza, 3725 Sixes Road, Canton. 91/A
  • Ruby Tuesday, 9490 Highway 92, Woodstock. 93/A
  • Two Brothers BBQ, Old Canton Road, Ball Ground. 90/A

DeKalb County

  • Chopsticks II, 4639 N. Shallowford Road, Dunwoody. 90/A
  • G & M Red Sea Café, 4112 Redan Road, Stone Mountain. 91/A
  • Jo’s Grille, 2120 Johnson Ferry Road, Atlanta. 93/A
  • Nam Phuong, 4051 Buford Highway, Atlanta. 96/A
  • Ru San’s, 120 Caroline St., Atlanta. 85/B

Forsyth County

  • China Garden, 2647 Freedom Parkway, Cumming. 85/B
  • My Friend’s Place, 1545 McFarland Road, Alpharetta. 100/A
  • Pepperoni’s Pizza, 5063 Post Road, Cumming. 99/A
  • Pier 29 on Lanier, 9420 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville. 98/A
  • Sal’s Place, 111 W. Courthouse Square, Cumming. 99/A

Fulton County

  • Beautiful Restaurant, 2260 Cascade Road, Atlanta. 95/A
  • Food 101, 4969 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 84/B
  • Outback Steakhouse, 655 Crossville Road, Roswell. 100/A
  • Pipiolo Mexican Café, 4842 Fulton Industrial Blvd., Atlanta. 99/A
  • Tokyo Sushi, 980 Birmingham Road, Alpharetta. 79/C

Gwinnett County

  • Dooley’s Southern Stone Pizza, 1862 Auburn Road, Dacula. 70/C
  • Golden House, 1600 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth. 87/B
  • Natarica Grill, 5730 Buford Highway, Norcross. 86/B
  • Negril’s Paradise, 850 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville. 95/A
  • Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, 5635 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross. 89/B

– by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog

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