The following food service establishment inspection reports were provided by the Environmental Health Division of the Rockdale County Health Department and the Newton County Health Department. Restaurants that score from 90 to 100 get a letter grade A; those that rate 80-89 get a B; a tally of 70-79 is a C; and below 70 is a U, or unacceptable. A restaurant scoring 70 or above is allowed to operate if there are no critical violations. If a facility is rated U on consecutive inspections, it must close and the owner must prove that it can be operated safely before reopening is allowed.
· Outback Steakhouse, 67-U, 1188 Dogwood Drive, Conyers, Date: Feb. 16
Violations: Observed potentially hazardous foods stored improperly - raw beef over seafood. Sanitizer level not correct. Improper cooling procedure and time. Detergent stored over solid frying oil. Expired buttermilk stored with fresh milk. Latest inspection report not posted. Knives stored between table and equipment. Wet utensils stored stacked on one another. Cracked Lexan pans stored with good pans. No test strips available to check sanitizer concentration. Sliding door of dumpster not closed as required.
· Outback Steakhouse, recheck - 94-A, Date: Feb. 24
Violations: Observed employees drinking from open beverage container in unapproved area. Wet utensils stored stacked on one another. Observed employee with gloves use sanitized cloth to wipe down surface then return to working with food without changing gloves. Damaged utensils stored with good utensils.
· Hooters of Conyers, 88-B, 1099 Iris Drive, Conyers, Date: Feb. 16
Violations: Observed mold-like substance in ice maker. Employee preparing food did not have on hair restraint. Observed employee perform multiple tasks without changing gloves. Deteriorating fryer basket still in use. Observed trash around Dumpster. Sliding door of Dumpster not closed as required. Missing drain plug on Dumpster.
· Atlanta's Pizza and Gyro, 99-A, 1565B Ga. Highway 138, Conyers. Date: Feb. 17
Violations: Outside of fryer soiled.
· Frontera Mex-Mex Grill, 92-A, 1820 Ga. Highway 20, Suite 156, Conyers. Date: Feb. 17
Violations: Chip baskets not clean in between uses. Employee observed not properly cleaning and sanitizing table after use. Vegetable sink unclean with debris from shrimp that was being prepped in vegetable sink. In-use ice scoop in ice bin at bar not properly stored with handle touching ice.
· Taco Bell, 72-C, 6151 U.S. Highway 278, Covington, Date: March 9
Violations: No health policy. Not sanitizing digital thermometer probe before inserting in to food. Sanitizer too strong. No food label on cinnamon container. Improper thawing of guacamole sauce. Many coolers missing hanging thermometers. Employee wearing rings with diamonds and has long and fake fingernails. No handwash sign in men's bathroom and at hand sink next to drive thru. Scoop and handle down in cinnamon sugar. Utensils stored wet over three-compartment sink. Single-use items stored right side up. Leak inside freezer. Pizza oven outlet and freezer dirty and unorganized. Many cooler gaskets dirty. Splash-up at prep line dirty. Hose end stored down in mop sink. No trash can by front hand sink. Dirty around Dumpster. Ceiling dusty at three-compartment sink. Floors dirty. Holes in ceiling in several areas. Wet mop on floor. No light cover in walk-in cooler.
· Subway, 77-C, 5340 Ga. Highway 20, Covington, Date: March 12
Violations: No employee health policy. No hand sink in back dishwashing area. Employee wiping tables down with spray bottle and hand towel. Slicer dirty. Coke nozzles dirty. Food not cold held properly. Tomatoes not cooled to proper temperature. Storing utensils under hand sink plumbing. Food items stored on floor. Stacking utensils wet over three-compartment sink. No backflow at three-compartment sink. Check ice machine to make sure it has back flow on drainline. Wet mop stored on floor.
· Ole General Store, 100-A, 11257 Ga. Highway 36, Covington, Date: March 13