• Permit suspended at popular Mexican restaurant after repeat violations

    By: Carol Sbarge


    GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - UPDATE: The restaurant received a 100 upon reinspection.


    A busy Mexican chain restaurant temporarily had its permit suspended after four repeat violations.

    The Willy's Mexicana Grill on Duluth Highway in Lawrenceville failed a health inspection with a score of 66 Nov. 27.

    One customer, Scott Drake who eats there at least once a week says he was surprised. Drake says the food and service are always good.


    During the recent inspection the Gwinnett County Health Department  said multiple food items were not cooled properly. This was the fourth time in a row the health department noted this violation. Other violations included partially cooked steak and dented cans.

    Channel 2's Carol Sbarge reached out to the corporate office. In an email statement the company wrote,

    "We take these reports very seriously. We worked together with the health department on an action plan and had all of the deficiencies corrected before opening. We are reviewing procedures with our team to ensure that we maintain our focus on keeping our restaurants safe and clean for all of our guests."

    The restaurant was required to have a compliance conference Tuesday with the Gwinnett Health Department. The inspector will do a re-inspection within a week.

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