Popular lunch spot fails second health inspection in a year

Restaurant failed that has been in business for 25 years.
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Restaurant failed that has been in business for 25 years.

A popular Midtown Atlanta lunch spot has failed a second health inspection in a year.

Sausalito West Coast Grill is on West Peachtree Street.

The owner, Ernesto Araya says he’s had his business for 25 years.

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A Fulton County health inspector recently found sixteen violations.

Sausalito West Coast Grill gets good online reviews.

Channel 2's Carol Sbarge talked to a customer Monday who also gave the place a good review.

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Gannell Ouattara said she had salmon that day that was wonderful but the restaurant got a score of only 44 on a June 14 health inspection.

Violations included salsa not held cold enough, heavy fruit fly activity in the kitchen and food stored uncovered in multiple refrigeration units.

Araya says he and his staff keep critical food at the correct temperature. He says all the steak is at the proper temperature as well as fish.

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He believes tomatoes are different.

He also says it doesn’t make sense to get points off because an employee had a soda on a counter.

The owner says after the restaurant failed with a 57 last August, it rebounded with a score of 98.

He expects a high score when it is re-inspected this month and says there are no fruit flies and that all violations have been corrected.