A Paulding County restaurant is anxious to get its health score back to an A after recently dropping to a failing 55/U on a routine inspection.
Olive Tree Restaurant, 37 Betty St., Hiram, isn’t used to such a low health score. Previous ratings were 93/A and 94/A.
“I know it looks like a low score but it had nothing to do with the food. It was more of the handling of it,” said a Olive Tree manager who asked that his name not be used.
Points were deducted because an employee handled cut cucumbers with bare hands when filling the prep line salad cooler, according to the inspection report. The cucumbers were discarded.
Some foods were not protected from contamination. Cut fruit, loaves of bread and some feta cheese were left uncovered in the coolers.
A container with potato slices was stored on the floor, instead of a shelf or counter.
The restaurant also had a number of expired food items. A bottle of roasted pepper vinaigrette should have been thrown away almost 18 months ago. A carton of rice milk was almost two months past its expiration date. These items were thrown out, along with some cooked rice, grape leaves, tonic water and orange juice which had all expired earlier in April.
Olive Tree will have a chance to restore its health rating with a follow-up inspection.
“I’m sure we’ll be back up there,” the manager said.
In other news, a recently featured restaurant, Taqueria Real, 3317 Buford Highway, Atlanta, scored an 82/B on a follow-up inspection.
Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.
– by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog
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