UPDATE: The restaurant passed its follow-up health inspection on Wednesday with a score of 92.
An American Deli in DeKalb County failed its health inspection on Jan. 12 after an official spotted “live and dead German roaches throughout the establishment,” including inside two soap dispensers at sinks.
The restaurant on Chamblee Tucker Road in Chamblee scored a 52 during its inspection, according to a DeKalb County Board of Health report.
In addition to the cockroaches, the inspector wrote that there was a “black mold-like substance” in the ice machine. There were also no paper towels at three sinks throughout the deli, according to the report.
Some raw meat, including fish and lamb, was not properly stored, while other meats were not being held at the proper temperatures, the inspector wrote. Containers of flour and white rice were stored uncovered, and two employees were seen cooking with no hair restraints on, the health board said.
The American Deli location will have a chance to improve on its failing score during a follow-up inspection. During two inspections last year, the restaurant received passing scores of 81 and 83.
Jesus Lopez, a manager at the restaurant, said Friday that the staff “already started working on everything.” He said they made several changes and was confident the location would pass its follow-up inspection.
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