Cobb County

Metro Atlanta Waffle House fails inspection due to roaches, mold in ice maker, expired milk

ACWORTH, Ga. — Cockroaches and gnats were just a few of the problems at an Acworth Waffle House that failed inspection this week.

The Waffle House at 5685 Bells Ferry Road failed its inspection with a score of 56 on May 21.

Channel 2′s Carol Sbarge was at the Waffle House corporate offices learning what the store has done to address the problems.

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A spokesperson said the director of food safety and senior operations leadership worked directly with the team at the Acworth store to make sure the company’s policies are in place.

Violations included the health inspector seeing a live cockroach and a dead one, mold in the ice machine and milk that was 11 days past its expiration date. The inspector also noted that the restaurant was in need of a deep cleaning.


“That is one of the reasons I stopped going there,” former customer Eldred Caldwell said. “It just did not look clean to me. Me and my wife said, ‘Never again.’”

None of the Waffle House’s employees wanted to talk on camera about the violations, but headquarters emailed a statement saying:

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“Our every day goal is to provide a positive experience for all of our guests, and we are sorry to have disappointed our customers in this case. Our team did take appropriate corrective action immediately during last week’s inspection for several of the identified issues.”

Waffle House also said the team is being coached to reinforce appropriate behaviors.

The restaurant will be re-inspected within 10 days of last Friday’s failing inspection.