Restaurant near Ga. Tech goes to court over health score

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ATLANTA - The manager of a Chinese restaurant on 10th Street near Georgia Tech showed Channel 2 Action News what they're doing to improve their re-occurring inspection violations.

Channel 2's Carol Sbarge asked the manager why they didn't shut down at the suggestion of Fulton County.

The manager of the Tech Diner said Fulton County has been giving them training to fix problems they have had that resulted in repeat violations.

They are facing a fine in court, but believe they'll avoid being shut down.

James Yu, the manager of Tech Diner, also known as Lucky Buddha, said the restaurant decided not to voluntarily close as the county suggested after failing inspections twice in a row. The latest time was on Sept. 18 when the restaurant got just a 40.

“Let me choose voluntarily shutdown or not shut down voluntarily because we think we can fix on the operation to fix problem more efficient this way,” Yu said.

Yu showed the kitchen and changes they've made. There is now sanitizer, changes in how food is stored and overall operations. He said they no longer store raw food above ready-to-eat food.

The manager said they are now making sure they label the food with the dates on them.

Fulton County said since the restaurant didn't close and they had repeat violations, they were cited to go to court. The Tech Diner will be re-inspected before the court date and Yu said they are confident they'll pass this time.

“We'll pay much, much more attention to this problem,” Yu said.

Yu has this message for his customers. “We're very sorry for this problem. In the future we'll correct everything, fix every problem.”

Yu said they will have to pay a fine when they go to court.