Haven, a trendy bar and restaurant at 1441 Dresden Drive, Atlanta, was marked down to a 54/U during a recent routine inspection because the dishwasher and a prep cooler weren’t working correctly.
The dishwasher was dispensing weak sanitizing solution, and employees were told to wash and rinse the dishes manually until it was repaired. The cooler was not holding temperatures at 41 degrees or below. Some smoked salmon and other food were recorded at 50 degrees.
Haven Executive Chef Stephen Herman said the dishwasher was being serviced when the inspector made her surprise visit during the lunchtime rush on Oct. 16.
“But we didn’t know about the cooler, so it was a good thing she came when she did,” he said.
Both have since been repaired, Herman said.
In other code violations, the inspector observed an employee preparing food in a container that was on top of an open garbage can. The employee was told not to use the garbage can as a table top.
Another employee wearing gloves came into the kitchen from outside and picked up a clean plate without first removing the gloves and washing hands.
Also, some food in the cooler had not been properly marked for disposal, and some raw meats were stored above ready-to-eat food in the reach-in cooler.
Haven’s inspection scores are usually in the mid-90s, with its previous score a 94/A. Herman called the failing score a “wake-up call,” and said he was confident the restaurant would be back in the A range after a follow-up inspection.
“We have a good inspector, and what she tells me, I listen and get it fixed,” he said.
Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.
– by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog
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