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Popular Fulton pizza spot passes re-inspection after bug, mold issues


A popular hangout in southwest Atlanta passed re-inspection Monday after failing due to issues with flying bugs, spiders and mold.

Pizza Bar, on 3560 Camp Creek Parkway in southwest Atlanta,  scored an 86, according to Fulton County health department records.

The inspector noted “black build-up” inside the ice machine, food being held at unsafe temperatures and a broken hinge on the kitchen’s prep top cooler.

Original (published June 18, 2019):

A popular metro Atlanta eatery, bar and music venue has failed a health inspection in part due to pests and subpar food safety practices.

Pizza Bar, on 3560 Camp Creek Parkway in southwest Atlanta, scored a 48 on Monday, according to Fulton County health department records. Any score below a 70 is considered failing.

The inspector reported finding “fly-like activity and live spider in the main kitchen and behind (the) bar” along with mold, “sticky residue,” and accumulated food debris.

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There was also too much dust, trash and grease seen throughout the kitchen.

Two of the three employees did not have on proper hair restraints, according to the report. There were also facility issues like that the bathroom doors don’t fully close and the back screen door was ripped, making an entrance for pests.

The inspector added that the “person in charge lacks active managerial control to prevent the risk of foodborne illness risk factors and good retail practices.”

On Monday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution called Pizza Bar for comment and to see what had already been fixed. A person who answered the phone and identified themselves as a manager declined to comment but said everything was being fixed “this week.”

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Pizza Bar, with more than 950 public reviews on Google making for four out of five stars, does more than sling slices of pie. It has a bar and hosts live music. It also hosts celebrities.

In March 2018, the Pizza Bar posted a video to its Facebook page of Atlanta rapper Rich Homie Quan dancing and “hosting his listening party at our establishment.”

The eatery failed an inspection with a 45 in January 2018; the inspector wrote that the “entire kitchen is soiled.”

Looking at its last two inspections: Pizza Bar scored an 80 in October and a 73 in September.

Follow-up inspections are usually done within 10 days of the original evaluation.

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Georgia has rules it requires every food service operation to follow. These are just a few of the many health and safety regulations. Food service operations without a permit are illegal. Employees must know how to prevent foodborne illness and the symptoms of those illnesses. Food must be kept at the correct temperatures to prevent pathogens from growing. Employees must meet standards of cleanliness while working around food. If health laws are not met, the food service's permit may be suspended.

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