Restaurant Report Card: This Chattanooga eatery almost fails health inspection after faulty refrigerator puts chicken wings at risk

Restaurant Report Card for the week ending May 1, 2019

Restaurant Report Card

One Chattanooga area restaurant was just one point away from a failing grade this week after an inspection by the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department.

Buffalo Shack at 1512 Tunnel Boulevard was given a score of 71 after an inspection found its refrigerator was not working. Celery and chicken wings were being kept at improper temperatures and the freezer did not provide adequate space for the volume of chicken. Its permit will be temporarily suspended until the refrigerator is repaired or replaced.


The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department inspects restaurants twice a year and grades the businesses on a 100-point scale. Scores below 70 require corrective action.

Restaurants are reinspected if they fail to meet critical standards. To file a health-related complaint, call the Department of Environmental Health at 209-8110. The scores are original and do not reflect on-the-spot changes, which sometimes lead to upward adjustments.