Poor Calvin's failed a recent restaurant inspection. 
Photo: Alexa Lampasona/Atlanta Restaurant Scene
Photo: Alexa Lampasona/Atlanta Restaurant Scene

Poor Calvin’s passes health inspection with a 100

UPDATE: The restaurant passed its follow-up inspection on Dec. 27 with a 100. 

ORIGINAL STORY: Poor Calvin’s was so filthy, a health inspector noted in a report that it needed a “thorough deep cleaning.”

The popular Atlanta joint failed its check Tuesday with a 67, just three points below the required passing score. 

In the report, the inspector noted “an excessive accumulation of dust, grease and old food debris on the floors, walls and ceilings” throughout the kitchen. 

Black mold was also found inside the ice machine, according to the report. 

Other violations include raw food being stored next to cooked food and employees wearing bracelets while cooking. Cooks are not allowed to wear jewelry when preparing food.


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The report also noted employees failed to properly store their personal items. One employee put their food on a shelf in the walk-in cooler and another worker placed their keys and cellphone on a shelf next to plates.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution called the restaurant for comment but were not provided a response by deadline. 

The restaurant scored an 88 and a 94 on its previous two inspections. 

The inspector noted the restaurant must contact a senior environmental specialist at the Fulton health board to  schedule an intervention. 

Reinspections are generally completed within 10 days of the initial inspection. 

Read the full inspection report here


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