Three restaurants in Forsyth County failed their health inspections in March, one of which subsequently closed permanently.
Mint-Indian Bistro & Bar, located at 2340 Atlanta Highway (Hwy. 9) at the corner of Bethelview Road off Exit 13 of Ga. 400 and just north of The Collection at Forsyth, closed its doors for good after receiving a 50 on its March 1 inspection from the Forsyth County Public Health Department, the second failing score in less than a year.
A 69 or less is considered failing, and establishments — that remain open — that fail are re-visited within 10 days.
“We’re opening up a new location in Johns Creek,” said the person who answered the phone on the eatery’s website. He did not give his name.
According to the inspection report, the buffet the eatery served on Saturday and Sunday from noon-3 p.m. did not have approved equipment.
The buffet was discontinued immediately until the health department approved new equipment.
A re-inspection was set for within 10 business days, before which a $100 fee was to be paid.
A risk control panel was also ordered for “each violation of how the violation will be prevented from occurring in the future and who will be responsible for monitoring the plan.”
Other violations for Mint, for which at least 19 were listed, included: a lack of managerial and procedural documents and training; food not being covered and stored properly and in the right places; a can opener that had “accumulation of food debris and dirt”; an ice machine that “contained mildew-like substance”; no date-marking labels on food stored in the walk-in cooler; bowls that were being used as spoons; floors, walls, shelving and equipment “throughout the kitchen” that were “soiled with accumulation of food debris and grease”; sinks that had leaky pipes; and neither men’s restroom doors had locks.
Before being scored a 93 on Sept. 1, 2016, the restaurant received a 59 on Aug. 18, 2016.
Another eatery also failed in March, though it has already passed its re-inspection.
Australian Bakery, located at 101 Colony Park Drive off Atlanta Hwy. in Cumming, received a 56 on March 23.
The violation the 8-month-old establishment received the most marks off for involved eggs that were not stored in the correct container, though owner Mark Allen said the inspector was unnecessarily harsh.
“She wanted us to have a separate refrigerator for raw eggs,” Allen said. “Our compromise was that we built a separate metal partition in the walk-in for eggs. We’re the only ones in the county who had to do that.”
He said he was “mortified” about the score.
“In my 40 years of doing restaurants, I’ve never had an inspection like that in my life,” he said. “We were dinged for something that were our fault, but we got 27 points dinged for an argument over eggs.
“I almost feel like we were being harassed because we’re foreigners.”
The bakery, which received an 80 on Oct. 6, 2016, was scored a 99 on April 5. The only violation was that “a bowl was being used to dispense potatoes,” and that “a scoop with a handle shall be used to dispense food.”
The third restaurant that failed its score in March was Pueblos Mexican Cuisine, located at 3120 Mathis Airport Parkway, Suite 100.
After receiving a 93 in 2015 and a 91 in 2016, the establishment was scored a 59 on March 28 for violations that included: a handwashing sink being blocked by a food container; an employee’s drink being stored on a soap dispenser; a dish machine not reading a chlorine sanitizer; cheese not being reheated to a high-enough temperature; spray bottles not being labeled; condensation from the walk-in cooler dripping onto food being stored and “ponding on cooler floor”; and handles of scoops being in contact with food and ice.
A manager or owner of the eatery could not be reached.
According to the inspection report listing, the restaurant had not yet been re-inspected as of Thursday, April 6.