First rodent droppings, now roaches found at popular DeKalb BBQ joint

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.

Update: The restaurant has passed a new inspection with an 87, but the inspector reported finding roaches in a storage unit that was used to store food. Read the new report: here.


A DeKalb County barbecue restaurant failed its recent health inspection with a slew of issues, including rodent droppings reportedly found “throughout” the business.

Hodges Legends Cafe, located at 2141 Candler Road outside Decatur, received a 52 on Wednesday, according to the inspector's report.

“Observed rodent droppings in back meat prep room behind shelving, underneath sink, and in the corner by hot water heater,” the inspector wrote.

A woman who didn’t give her name hung up because, she said, she was busy getting the restaurant fixed up.

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“We have a crew in taking care of it,” she said. “I’m putting processes in place to take care of it.”

Other issues in the report included no soap at main kitchen hand sink, which was also blocked by a trashcan; an employee seen washing single-use gloves; a heavily-soiled can opener; and  unclean food surfaces.

Restaurants that fail are generally re-inspected within 10 days.

Hodges Legends Cafe

2141 Candler Road, Decatur

Score: 52

Report: here

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