Restaurant fails; employee moves from cleaning to handling food with bare hands
It's another week of mostly strong scores at local restaurants, but there are a couple of issues to note.
The lowest score in Hamilton County came in at 85. That's well above a failing grade of 69, but the inspector found two critical violations at Southern Traditions on Dayton Boulevard in Red Bank.
An employee used bare hands to handle burger buns and food contact surfaces weren't properly cleaned and sanitized. The inspector also found rodent droppings on dry storage shelves.
Emperor of China on Glenwood Avenue in Dalton fared worse with a failing grade of 69. The inspector saw an employee move from cleaning to handling cut melon with their bare hands. She had the employee throw out the melon and instructed all employees to remember to wear gloves when handling ready-to-eat foods.
The inspector also found raw meats stored above ready-to-eat foods in coolers and foods held at incorrect temperatures.
A handful of restaurants earned perfect scores. Congratulations to Waffle House on Brainerd Road in Chattanooga, Kentucky Fried Chicken on East 3rd Street in Chattanooga, Wendy’s on Cumberland Avenue in Chattanooga and The Grind Coffee Shop on Crittenden Avenue in Chickamauga.
If you’re in Hamilton County and you have a complaint about a pool, restaurant, health care facility, daycare or gym, call the Hamilton County Health Department Hot Line at (423) 209-8110.