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Metro Atlanta ‘revolving sushi’ restaurant fails health inspection

The restaurant in Doraville offers a unique dining experience.
The restaurant in Doraville offers a unique dining experience.

Credit: Courtesy of Kura Sushi USA

Credit: Courtesy of Kura Sushi USA

A restaurant in DeKalb County known for serving sushi and other small dishes on a conveyor belt failed its most recent health inspection with a score of 67.

Kura Revolving Sushi Bar, located on Peachtree Road in Doraville, is part of a national chain that helped pioneer the novel dining concept. Plates are put on a moving belt and glide through the restaurant, where patrons can grab them.

The spot was hit with a number of food preparation citations in its Tuesday inspection. One employee was seen wiping his nose with his forearm before removing crispy rice from a heat lamp to serve, according to the health inspection report from the DeKalb County Board of Health.

Eel, cooked okra, fried salmon skin, crispy rice, popcorn shrimp and fried salmon were kept under heat lamps but were not the proper temperature, the inspector noted.

Raw meat was also kept inside the vegetable sink, and several cooked meats were improperly stored while cooling, the report noted. Most of the errors were corrected on-site.

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The restaurant will have a chance to improve its score in a follow-up inspection.

When reached for comment, one of the assistant managers at Kura said experts were visiting the store on Thursday to provide proper food safety training to managers and staff. The mistakes will be fixed for the follow-up review, she said.

During inspections earlier this year and in 2018, Kura scored a 73 and a 70, respectively.

Customers check out the offerings at Kura Revolving Sushi Bar in 2017. AJC FILE/CONTRIBUTED BY WENDELL BROCK
Customers check out the offerings at Kura Revolving Sushi Bar in 2017. AJC FILE/CONTRIBUTED BY WENDELL BROCK

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Channel 2's Richard Belcher reports.