A photo from Cafe Istanbul in Decatur of a mixed grill platter of gyro, adana kabob, chicken kabob and kofte. 
Photo: Becky Stein
Photo: Becky Stein

Cobb eatery re-inspected after mold in ice machine, flies in kitchen


A restaurant that serves Mediterranean food in Kennesaw passed a re-inspection after a Cobb County health department official found pests and a dirty kitchen.

Cafe Istanbul II on Wade Green Road earned an 83 on its Oct. 11 re-inspection, county health department records show.

The eatery was docked points for having unlabeled food stored inside the walk-in cooler and freezer.

There were also dishes stacked wet, which isn’t deemed safe and was a repeat violation.

Original (published Sept. 27, 2018):

A Mediterranean eatery in Kennesaw failed its recent health inspection after having issues with pests and a dirty kitchen, according to Cobb County health department records.

Cafe Istanbul II, at 4200 Wade Green Road a little over a mile away from Kennesaw State University, scored a 44 on Wednesday. Any score below a 70 is considered failing.

The inspector docked the restaurant points for “multiple holes in the walls in the bathroom hallways,” for which Kemdino Aytac, manager and owner, had an explanation.

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“Somebody punched when they came out,” he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday.

Many of the issues were “all crazy stuff,” Aytac said, adding, “nothing wrong with the food.”

As for the kitchen, according to the report, there was a build-up of something on a mixer and a can opener, dried food on utensils, mold in the ice machine and a microwave that “needed cleaning.”

There were flies seen in the kitchen, the report read.

The inspector observed an employee come into the kitchen from outside to clean dishes without washing their hands or putting on gloves. 

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There was also raw chicken being stored next to raw vegetables along with food label issues. The walls were reported as built up with flour and grease and dirt.

There are two other Istanbul Cafe locations, one in Roswell and the original in Decatur. In addition to the Mediterranean food, the eateries also offer hookahs and host DJs.

The Kennesaw location, which Aytac said has been open eight years, scored an 80 in January 2018, and a 75 in February 2017.

Follow-up inspections are usually done within 10 days of the original evaluation.

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Cafe Istanbul II

4200 Wade Green Road

Kennesaw, Ga., 30144

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