A downtown Chattanooga restaurant received a low score after a recent health inspection found various issues.

Staff at Alex Thai Food & Sushi Bistro, located at 26 E. Main Street, were found eating in the kitchen while preparing food and not washing hands when required. Employees were eating from a bowl of food used to make dishes and an open drink was seen on the prep table.

The permit for the bar was expired and an ice scoop handle was left in ice, which led to the facility scoring a 78.

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.


No failures reported for the week ending Aug. 21, 2019:

Restaurant Report Cards

78 Alex Thai Food & Sushi Bistro

26 E. Main Street; Reasons including kitchen staff not familiar with risk of eating in kitchen while preparing food, failed to wash hands when required. Employees eating from bowl of food used to make dishes, open drink on prep table, staff cutting raw veggies and eating. Staff not trained on when to wash hands.Ice scoop handle left in ice. Permit for bar expired.

80 Chattanooga Subway

34 Koa Blvd. (NGA); Reasons including no hand drying provision provided at hand washing sink in back prep area. Drink nozzles not being cleaned at a frequency to be maintained clean to sight and touch. Containers of food without a label with the common name.

89 El Cortez

9203 Lee Highway

90 Sofa King Juicy Burger

1743 Dayton Blvd.

91 Wendy's

7019 Shallowford Road

92 Sonic Drive In

4305 Hixson Pike

93 Mean Mug Coffeehouse

114 Main W. Street

94 The Terminal Brewhouse

#6 E. 14th Street

94 New China Restaurant

3710 Ringgold Road

96 Pizza Hut

10043 Dayton Pike

97 Cici's Pizza

5425 Highway 153

98 Taco Bell

4786 Highway 58

98 Hardee's

4831 Highway 58

99 Auntie Anne's

96 Northgate Mall Drive

99 McDonalds

4608 Highway 58

99 Zaxby's

4815 Highway 58

99 Popeyes

4428 Highway 58

100 Bojangles

4417 Highway 58

100 Arby's

3903 Hixson Pike

100 Heavenly Slices

8909 Highway 58

100 Taco Bell

4115 Hixson Pike

100 4 Corners Cafe

9408 Apison Pike

100 La Pachanga

1504 Foust Street

100 The Brew & Cue

5017 Rossville Blvd.