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The Vortex Flunks Its Health Inspection

Happy Donuts scores an '86' in this week's round of health inspection reports.

The Vortex Bar & Grill, the popular burger spot in Little Five Points, failed its most recent health inspection.

The Sept. 25 inspection — the Vortex scrored a "U" for unsatisfactory — noted 16 violations including three serious ones known for being risk factors in foodborne illnesses:

  • No bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods or approved alternate method properly followed
  • Proper eating, tasting, drinking, or tobacco use
  • Adequate handwashing facilities supplied & accessible

Here are some other recent health inspection scores performed by the DeKalb County Board of Health and the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness for restaurants in our community. Readers can click on the score to see the actual report:

Elmyr
1091 Euclid Avenue
Date: 9/25/12
Score: 86

Happy Donuts
380 Flat Shoals Avenue
Date: 9/20/12
Score: 86

Savage Pizza
484 Moreland Avenue
Date: 9/25/12
Score: 88

(A food service establishment that is graded as a “U” and does not earn at least a grade “C” within 10 days of receiving the “U” will be requested to voluntarily close until all violations are corrected and/or have enforcement action taken to suspend or revoke the food service permit.)

Tamara Boyd October 04, 2012 at 06:50 AM
I've been going to the Vortex for years and was so disappointed to see this! However, I stopped in there today and saw that their current score is actually a 91. Upon further inspection of the report, it looks like none of the violations were related to food-- an employee told me they lost points just because a broom was on the floor instead of on a rack (who knew that was against the rules?). A low health score might not always be an indication of an unsafe restaurant. My lunch there today was just a tasty as always!

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