The restaurant previously failed two health inspections in a row.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Popular DeKalb steakhouse reopens after improving on 2 failing health scores

A popular eatery in DeKalb County has reopened after passing a follow-up health inspection, improving on two failing scores in as many days.

Arizona’s, located near The Mall at Stonecrest, is now operating under a new general manager, according to a Facebook post late last week.

The restaurant received a score of 21 on its Aug. 13 inspection, according to the DeKalb County Board of Health. The following day, it scored a 46, prompting the community staple to temporarily close.

» PREVIOUS COVERAGE: DeKalb restaurant closes after failing health inspection 2 days in a row

On Aug. 17, however, Arizona’s easily passed another follow-up inspection with a score of 91, according to the health board.

“The community can rest assured; we have a safe environment and have proven to the Georgia Department of Public Health that we are ready to operate this establishment,” spokesman Roberto Woods said in a statement. “We appreciate our community partners and those who supported us during this time. We are only better because of your prayers, encouragement and standing with us during this time.”

Stonecrest city officials have also heralded the reopening. Mayor Jason Lary hosted a brunch at Arizona’s last Sunday as part of a “Brunch With The Mayor” event.

The popular steak and seafood restaurant failed with a 21, the lowest grade Channel 2's Carol Sbarge has ever seen.

The eatery failed its inspections after county health officials racked up dozens of violations, including flies and gnats in the kitchen, coolers not being cold enough and an employee touching chicken with his bare hands, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

Arizona’s, which serves a wide variety of meat dishes and American-style cuisine, said in a statement at the time that it “has been one of Stonecrest’s favorite restaurants for more than 14 years.”

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