Gwinnett Willy’s Mexicana Grill fails health inspection

A Willy’s Mexicana Grill in Lawrenceville failed a routine health inspection and briefly closed to address issues, county records show.

The restaurant on Duluth Highway received a 66/U on the inspection, following an 86/B in April 2017.

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Multiple containers of salsa, lettuce, cheese, chicken and steak were not cooled to proper temperatures within four to six hours, a violation that has been recorded over the past four consecutive inspections, the report said. That required the restaurant’s permit to be temporarily revoked and the restaurant to temporarily close, the report said.

The restaurant had re-opened by 12:20 p.m. Tuesday after addressing issues noted in the inspection report, manager Alex Gonzalez said. 

“We took care of the issues we were supposed to take care of,” Gonzalez said.

In addition to the repeat issue, “partially cooked” meats were stored improperly, the report said, and cooling temperatures were not properly recorded. Premade nacho chips were stored next to a paper towel dispenser without any cover or protection, the report said. 

Willy’s Mexicana Grill

968 Duluth Highway, Suite A

Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043
Read the full report here

“We take these reports very seriously. We worked together with the Health Department on an action plan and had all of the deficiencies corrected before opening,” a restaurant spokeswoman said in an email. “We are reviewing procedures with our team to ensure that we maintain our focus on keeping our restaurants safe and clean for all of our guests.”

Re-inspections are typically conducted within 10 days of a failure.

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