After flies and dirty kitchen, Cobb barbecue joint aces re-inspection


Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Kennesaw aced its re-inspection after failing in part due to issues with flies and a dirty kitchen.

The Ridenour Boulevard eatery earned its 100 on Tuesday, according to Cobb County health department records.

The inspector complimented them with a “great job cleaning up” in the report.

Original (Oct. 30, 2018):

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The Kennesaw location of an international chain barbecue franchise failed its recent health inspection, according to Cobb County health department records.

The Dickey’s Barbecue Pit at 1610 Ridenour Boulevard scored a 65 on Monday. Any score below a 70 is considered failing.

Dickey’s started in Dallas, Texas, in 1941 and now boasts 500 locations across the world; it opened a restaurant in Au Dhabi earlier this month.

Issues with flies and a dirty kitchen along with expired sauces and salad dressings were part of the failing score in Cobb.

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“We were shocked because basically there was not really any issue she pointed out that was extreme from when we were last inspected,” store owner Randy Schoening told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday.

That last score was a 91 in April.

During this health check, the inspector found a “heavy accumulation food debris, food crumbs and grease stains still left on the equipment” throughout many items in the kitchen.

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Schoening said those have been cleaned.

As for the flies throughout the kitchen, the back door was propped open. Schoening said the door was open because they were taking a delivery.

“We’re addressing all issues immediately and expect to have an excellent score” when the inspector comes back, he said.

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

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Dickey’s Barbeque Pit

1610 Ridenour Boulevard

Kennesaw, Ga., 30152

Read the full report here.

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