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Gwinnett Sonic fails inspection; roaches, ‘mold-like substance’ found

A Lawrenceville Sonic Drive-In failed its most recent health inspection after flies, roaches and a “mold-like substance” were found, Gwinnett County records show.

The Sonic at 2208 Riverside Parkway earned a 55/U on its Aug. 27 inspection, down from an 82/B in February.

The health inspector found a “mold-like substance” inside an ice machine and a “sink filled with grease,” according to the report. The inspector also saw multiple fruit flies and roaches “in various life cycles,” according to the report.


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Ice cream mix was held at a temperature higher than what is considered safe, and limes and cherries — typically used for drinks and shakes — were being held in a hand sink, the report says. The inspector saw frozen chicken being stored over fries in a cooler, which is a cross-contamination risk, the report says.

Dirty dishes blocked a sink that was designated for fruits and vegetables, according to the report, and “grease/food buildup” was found on cook line equipment. 


Sonic Drive-In

Address. 2208 Riverside Parkway

Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043

Score: 55/U

Read the full report here.


The location’s franchisee has already started working towards fixing the issues enumerated in the inspection report, a Sonic spokeswoman said.

“The drive-in’s leadership has developed an action plan for corrective steps to take immediately and will reach out to the health department for a follow-up inspection,” the company said in a statement. “Sonic works hard to ensure every guest receives a meal that has been properly handled and prepared, and that we have processes in place to address any food safety concerns. We take pride in being a good community partner, and we appreciate the trust and confidence our guests place in Sonic every day to serve them delicious and safe food.”

Re-inspections typically take place within 10 days of a failure. 


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