Buckhead country club allegedly hid 2 restaurants from health department

A whistleblower accused a Buckhead country club of hiding two restaurants from the health department, Channel 2 Action News reported.

A former employee of the Capital City Country Club, who asked to remain anonymous, told Channel 2 he was fired after complaining to managers about being asked to hide from health inspectors.

“They hurriedly asked us to clean off all the tables and hide in the back,” he said. “(The manager) said the inspector is here, and they’re not supposed to know that this restaurant is running.”

An inspector returned to the country club, which straddles the borders of Buckhead and Brookhaven, after the man told the health department about the alleged hidden restaurant.

The Fulton County Board of Health spokesman Ellis “Eli” Jones sent Channel 2 a statement on the incident: “One of the inspectors discovered two facilities without a permit at the club as a result of the complaint. Legal notices were issued, and they have 10 business days to come into compliance.”

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A country club spokeswoman, Mira Hale, sent the news station the following statement regarding the situation:

“The Capital City Club takes very seriously the health and safety of all its members and guests who utilize the dining facilities at all three club locations. We have always been cooperative and compliant with the Fulton County Board of Health. The Club is in the process of reviewing the information from the health department and is taking every step necessary to comply with its requests. For many years, including 2018, our dining facilities have received A ratings and have stellar track records. We hope to immediately resolve the request for information.”

The former employee said he was fired last week, and he believes it was because he complained about the alleged cover-up. Hale said the country club wouldn’t comment on personnel issues to Channel 2.

The health department said it wouldn’t speculate on why the restaurants were not disclosed, but they said the act is common in Fulton County to save money by avoiding paying for the permits.

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