Cobb sports bar fails health inspection with 49

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.

A Cobb County sports bar did not fair so well on its latest food service inspection conducted by the health department.

Kennesaw Billiards at 3600 Cherokee Street Suite 107 in Kennesaw scored a 49, or U, on its Nov. 26 inspection. The inspection was conducted by the Cobb & Douglas Public Health Department. Anything below a 70 is considered failing.

According to the inspector’s report, the ice machine at Kennesaw Billiards had a heavy buildup of a black substance on the interior white panel. The restaurant also had a large box of oysters without shellfish tags stored inside its refrigerator.

The inspector also noted Kennesaw Billiards had raw eggs stored above tomatoes and mushrooms, and raw chicken placed above raw ground beef in the freezer.

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Other violations include:

•Eight bottles of seasoning not labeled correctly.

•Missing thermometers from the reach-in cooler for the restaurant’s kitchen and bar.

•No hand-washing signs.

•Excessive buildup of grease and food debris on walls, floors, prep top lids, bottom of the reach-in freezer and refrigerator, between the fryer and inside the cooler.

•Missing ceiling tiles in multiple locations and floor tiles in and in front of the kitchen in poor condition; the wall tile inside the women’s restroom was also missing.

•Malfunctioning lights in the kitchen.

The report notes that Kennesaw Billiards has gone through a remodel and installed a new bar and lobby floor tiles without the health department’s approval. Management at the restaurant will be required to submit a floor plan and fees immediately. The inspector also recommended a “deep cleaning” of the entire establishment, the report said.

A follow-up inspection was marked on the report, but no date was provided. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reached out to Kennesaw Billiards by phone and email for comment. An employee who answered the phone said a manager was not available.

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