After failing twice, Atlanta Gyro Bros spot passes health inspection

UPDATE: The restaurant passed a re-inspection Wednesday with a 94/A. 

Two of the new violations included a black mold-like substance on an ice machine flap and several missing ceiling tiles in the kitchen. 

See the report.

UPDATE (Feb. 19): The Gyro Bros on West Peachtree failed a followup health inspection Friday with a 45/U, records show.

The report noted violations including not posting the current inspection for customer view, a buildup of food debris behind kitchen equipment and “several wiping cloths stored throughout front food service area soiled and unclean to sight and touch.”

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According to the report: “Facility is to close due to second unsatisfactory score ‘U.’ Facility manager closed voluntarily for ‘maintenance.’”

A call to the restaurant was not answered during its normal business hours Monday. 

ORIGINAL STORY (published Feb. 6): The third location of an Atlanta-based restaurant chain has failed a health inspection in less than five months, Fulton County records show.

The Gyro Bros restaurant on West Peachtree scored a 49/U during the Friday inspection. The restaurant’s previous score, from August 2016, was an 84/B.

Scores below 70 are considered failing. 

In September, the chain’s location at 85 5th St. failed, followed by the one at 860 Peachtree St. in November. Both locations have since passed re-inspections. 

According to the recent report for the downtown location, there was a “failure to provide active managerial control to prevent major foodborne illness violations.”

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Officials also reported an employee handling “bread/burger buns” with bare hands and beef thawing at room temperature.

A woman who answered the phone at Tuesday afternoon said a manager was not immediately available for comment. 

In November Gray Saleh, owner of the family-owned business, said the business tries “to keep the score as high as possible, because that’s what people deserve.” 

Follow-up inspections are generally completed within 10 days of the original evaluation.

Gyro Bros

400 West Peachtree St. NW

Atlanta, GA 30308

Score: 49

Read the full report here. 

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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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