Weeks after reopening, popular Atlanta eatery fails health inspection

Moe’s and Joe’s in Virginia Highlands on N. Highland Ave is beside the gas station at Virginia Ave. (Jenni Girtman/Atlanta Event Photography)
Moe’s and Joe’s in Virginia Highlands on N. Highland Ave is beside the gas station at Virginia Ave. (Jenni Girtman/Atlanta Event Photography)

Two weeks after passing a health inspection, a Virginia Highland eatery failed its latest health inspection with a 68 – two points below a passing score.

Moe's and Joe's Tavern had violations that included black mold on the ice machine and food debris on a toaster in the food prep area, according to a Fulton County Board of Health inspection report.

The failing score comes as restaurants have begun reopening for dine-in service ahead of the Memorial Day holiday. The tavern reopened its patio on May 1 and the indoors dine-in service on May 15, but with limited and spaced out seating, according to a Facebook post.

Staff are also wearing masks and gloves and providing wrapped utensils. The eatery also instituted increased cleaning policies.

The restaurant passed its May 6 inspection with a 71. A score of 70 or more is considered passing.


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Other violations noted on the most recent inspection include the business operating without a “designated person in charge,” failure to display its most recent health report, and a mop bucket filled with dirty water in the kitchen.

They were also cited for leaving the back door open without proper protection to keep out insects and rodents.

Efforts to reach the restaurant Wednesday were unsuccessful.

Read the full inspection here.


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