ATLANTA - The owner of a popular Atlanta restaurant said he was devastated when his eatery got an unsatisfactory inspection report earlier this month.
On March 13, an inspector gave the Real Chow Baby on Ponce de Leon Avenue a score of 59.
“It was the worst day of my career. (I’ve) never had a score like that,” owner Chip Joyner told Channel 2’s Carol Sbarge.
Some of the violations included a worker handling ready-to-eat food items with bare hands, and potentially hazardous food held in warmer-than-required temperatures. Investigators reported fish kept in 54.3-degree temperatures and raw chicken at 46.5 degrees. They also observed a heavy amount of dust build-up on shelves next to an ice machine.
Joyner said a very experienced manager was on duty, and that errors were made by some individuals that have been addressed. He said workers are trained that food safety is the most important thing and said the restaurant is taking extra measures to prevent a recurrence.
“We're blowing out our coils, changing our filters now. Instead of every quarter, which our manufacturer says we should do, now, we're going to do it every 30 days,” Joyner said.
Last year, the Real Chow Baby at Ponce had two inspections. Both times it received “B” scores. The restaurant was reinspected March 18 and received a 91 score.
“We have new procedures that we added where we've asked everyone to sign on again, basically saying you know the standards. You're going to sign the standards again,” Joyner said.