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Restaurant inspections, Sugar Island Jerk

Sugar Island Jerk, a newly opened restaurant in Snellville, has had early problems getting its employees use to food safety procedures and failed its first two inspections.

The Caribbean restaurant at 3400 Centerville Highway opened last month. It scored a 59/U on Oct. 12, then a 64/U on a follow-up inspection Oct. 18.

Manager Doug Isidore said some of his employees have poor food safety habits, then they get nervous when the inspector shows up and make mental mistakes. Gwinnett County’s health inspector recommended Isidore have a staff meeting to address gaps in food safety training and practices.

During the latest inspection, employees were careless when handling food without washing their hands between glove changes. And a cutting board and knife used in the prep area were rinsed but not sanitized before using.

Among other violations, raw fish fillets and raw beef steaks were stored together in the same metal pan. Though both were wrapped separately, fluid from fish and steaks leaked out and caused cross-contamination of bacteria. The two cannot be stored together, and the beef should be placed below the fish in the cooler, the inspector noted.

Some food prepared the day before had to be discarded because it was not cooled within the proper time and temperature limits to prevent bacteria growth.

Sugar Island Jerk will be re-inspected within the next two weeks.

A recently featured restaurant, Haven, 1441 Dresden Drive, Atlanta, brought its score back up to an A, earning a 99 on a follow-up inspection last week.

Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.

Cobb County

  • Broadway Diner, 1333 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. 89/B
  • Brothers Pizza, 2740 Summers St., Kennesaw. 99/A
  • Dragon 168, 3737 New MacLand Road, Powder Springs. 90/A
  • El Acapulquito, 1936 Veterans Memorial Highway, Austell. 85/B
  • Laziza, 113 N. Park Square, Marietta. 71/C

DeKalb County

  • Avondale Pizza Café, 2823 E. College Ave., Decatur. 93/A
  • Broadway Café, 2157 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta. 83/B
  • Cho Dang Tofu House, 5907 Buford Highway, Doraville. 84/B
  • Havanna Restaurant, 3979 Buford Highway, Atlanta. 82/B
  • Sun in my Belly, 2161 College Ave., Atlanta. 83/B

Fulton County

  • Fire of Brazil, 218 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 83/B
  • Great Wall, 6055 Old National Highway, College Park. 87/B
  • Mona Lisa Restaurant, 8465 Holcomb Bridge Road, Johns Creek. 91/A
  • Pure Taqueria, 300 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta. 90/A
  • Ray’s in the City, 240 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 99/A

Gwinnett County

  • Carinos Italian, 1802 N. Brown Road, Lawrenceville. 90/A
  • Connor’s N.Y. Deli and Wings, 5245 Langford Park Drive, Norcross. 93/A
  • Sam Won Kag, 1291 Old Peachtree Road, Suwanee. 95/A
  • Tanner’s Grille & Bar, 3421 Ridge Road, Buford. 100/A
  • Uptown Café, 117 S. Perry St., Lawrenceville. 93/A

Rockdale County

  • Glenn’s Bar-B-Que, 1377 Old McDonough Highway, Conyers. 95/A
  • Los Charros Mexican, 1965 Highway 138, Conyers. 87/B
  • Oakes Family Diner, 1040 Flat Shoals Road, Conyers. 96/A
  • Red Lobster, 1560 Dogwood Drive, Conyers. 99/A
  • Seven Gables Restaurant, 1897 Highway 20, Conyers. 96/A

– by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog

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