Popular restaurant fails inspection twice in 5 months



PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. - A Paulding County restaurant has failed its health inspection twice in five months.
La Cocina Mexican Restaurant is on Nathan Dean Boulevard in Dallas, Georgia.
Channel 2’s Carol Sbarge says some customers were surprised this restaurant failed twice.

On Aug. 5 they failed a health inspection with a score of 59.

The restaurant got a score of 42 back in March.
A new violation the inspector found this time included black residue in the ice bin at the bar. A worker fixed the problem on the spot.
Other violations this time included numerous flies in the kitchen prep area. A dishwasher showed no signs on sanitizer being dispensed during sanitizing cycle and a cooler on the grill line wasn’t working.
"I've always had a good experience over here. I've never really. I had no idea," said customer Daniel Kaufmann.
Sbarge went back to find out why they failed again after rebounding with a passing score of 91 after the March report.
She says she was told they quickly fixed the latest violations and were re-inspected, now getting a 96 on the wall, which is an A.
An employee says the district manager would call Sbarge with details of what they did this time, but she hasn’t heard back yet.
He did tell her last time they fired a few workers and that they were going to supervise daily to make sure the remaining workers follow procedures.

The restaurant has been open for at least seven years.

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