Georgia has rules it requires every food service operation to follow. These are just a few of the many health and safety regulations. Food service operations without a permit are illegal. Employees must know how to prevent foodborne illness and the symptoms of those illnesses. Food must be kept at the correct temperatures to prevent pathogens from growing. Employees must meet standards of cleanliness while working around food. If health laws are not met, the food service's permit may be suspended.

UPDATE: Cobb’s Atkins Park Tavern scores 87 on re-inspection

UPDATE at 10:20 a.m. May 28: Atkins Park Tavern scored an 87, or B, on its follow-up food service inspection held May 23. 

The Cobb and Douglas Public Health Department noted the restaurant had numerous cold food items holding above 41 degrees Fahrenheit. It was also cited for its walk-in cooler, the only one the restaurant has on site, holding a temperature of 53 degrees.

Finally, Atkins Park Tavern was dinged for posting its May 14 inspection report, which resulted in a failing score of 62, less than five feet from the floor and “hiding behind a bar stool.” 


A Cobb County restaurant will undergo another food service inspection on Friday after receiving a failing score on its original report.

Atkins Park Tavern at 2840 Atlanta Road Suite B in Smyrna scored a 62, or U, on its May 14 inspection. According to the report, the restaurant had black mold and rust inside its ice machine. There was also pink slime mold on three soda nozzles and old food debris on a potato slicer that was stored as if it were clean.  

The inspector also observed numerous cold items holding above 41 degrees; several sauces, creams, dressings and gravy held in the refrigerator for more than seven days; no thermometer provided to verify the correct temperature of food items; excessive food debris and grease accumulation on cooking equipment; and raw oysters, shrimp and chicken, lettuce, cheese, deli meats and smoked sausages stored uncovered. 

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Atkins Park Tavern management was also unaware of health reporting policies related to illnesses and cleanup procedures, according to the report. The inspector noted the facility had cracked and missing floor tiles in the main kitchen, which also had water pooling on the floor. 

A follow-up inspection is scheduled for Friday, May 24. Restaurant owner Kevin Drawe said the restaurant has already started correcting issues outlined in the report. 

“We look forward to our official follow-up visit this week to receive a score that more accurately reflects our standard,” Drawe said.

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