Restaurant inspection: Score at Jonesboro’s hibachi grill drops

Numerous food items, including raw fish sushi at a sushi bar, were at unsafe temperatures at a Clayton County hibachi and buffet restaurant during a recent routine health inspection.

The health score of Teppanyaki Grill & Supreme Buffet, 6429 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro, fell to a 29/U.

Raw fish and other cold-food items at the sushi bar were at room temperature but no time documents were available showing how long the food had been away from refrigeration. The food was discarded.

Hot foods at the buffet were also at unsafe temperatures. Crawfish, steak pie and General Tso chicken were reheated.

In addition, three coolers were not holding temperatures low enough. The Clayton County inspector said two reach-in coolers and one walk-in cooler had numerous food items at unsafe temperatures. These included several different kinds of raw meats and seafood for the hibachi grill.

Some of the items were moved to other coolers, while others were discarded because they had been out of temperature range for more than four hours.

In other code violations, two containers of cooked pasta were stored directly on the floor underneath a prep table. A crate of uncooked green beans was also stored on the kitchen floor. Several containers of cooked chicken were cooling improperly in large covered containers at room temperature.

The inspector also noted flies around the buffet bar and throughout the kitchen. The back door in the kitchen does not seal properly, the inspector said.

Teppanyaki Grill & Supreme Buffet had previous health scores of 81/B and 84/B. The restaurant will be re-inspected.