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Live roaches found in two failing restaurants

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Last week’s trend of strong restaurant scores didn’t hold up this week. 

We have two failures and a near failure to report. Any score below a 70 is a failing grade.

First up in Hamilton County, China King in Hamilton Place Mall scored a 68. The inspector found live roaches in a food prep area, several dirty surfaces, raw chicken stored above produce, and uncovered food in the walk-in cooler. They also found a dented can of food, an unlabeled bottle of chemical solution and an employee drink stored with food.

Fuji Steakhouse on Overnite Drive nearly failed with a 72. The inspector found rice at an unsafe temperature that had been left to cool overnight as well as tempura shrimp held a room temperature between the first and second cooking. The inspector threw away both products.

They also discovered utensils stored in standing water, an unlabeled chemical bottle, a box of food left in the floor of the walk-in cooler and eggs stored above ready-to-eat foods.

The sushi bar scored a separate score of 100.

In Murray County, Toyo II Japan in Chatsworth scored a 48. Inspectors found several issues including live roaches in the food prep area. The report noted that’s a repeat violation for the restaurant.

They also found surfaces that weren’t cleaned after contact with raw chicken, a dirty fork and spoon used for stirring rice and then left on an unsanitized surface, broccoli left by a cash register, uncovered food in the walk-in cooler and incorrect holding temperatures for both hot and cold foods. The inspector also noted he didn’t see anyone wash their hands at any point during the inspection.

We have an update to share on the IHOP restaurant in Fort Oglethorpe which scored a 49 just a couple of weeks ago.

An inspector returned to the restaurant for a required follow-up visit and the restaurant earned an 86. However, inspectors still found a critical violation which will earn them another follow-up visit.

The inspector noted the hand washing sink wasn’t working properly and released “milky white sand grain size particles in hot water.” An employee also handled ready-to-eat food with bare hands and several employees wore watches, rings and dangling bracelets while preparing and handling food. Health codes only allow employees to wear simple bands such as wedding rings while preparing food.

Several restaurants across the area earned perfect scores of 100. Congratulations to Coin-Op Arcade on MLK Boulevard in Chattanooga, Smokey Bones Lounge on Gunbarrel Road in Chattanooga, Great American Cookies kiosk inside Hamilton Place Mall in Chattanooga, Taco Bell on Alabama Highway in Ringgold, Christian Heritage School on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Dalton, Dawnville Elementary on Dawnville Road in Dalton and Learning Tree Elementary on Tibbs Road in Dalton.

If you live in Hamilton County and have a complaint about a pool, restaurant, health care facility, daycare or gym, called the Hamilton County Health Department Hot Line at (423) 209-8110. Each complaint is personally handled weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Editor's note: Fuji Steakhouse scored a 96 on a follow-up visit from inspectors.

Toyo II Japan in Chatsworth scored an 87.

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