Two Chattanooga restaurants fail inspection due to dirty food surfaces, evidence of insects

Two Chattanooga restaurants fail inspection due to dirty food surfaces, evidence of insects

January 10th, 2019 by Staff Report in Breaking News

Two Chattanooga restaurants have failed a recent health inspection for a multitude of reasons including evidence of insects and rodents and dirty food contact surfaces.

Jeffersons, located at 618 Georgia Avenue, was cited for evidence of both insects and rodents, dirty utensils and failure to prevent contamination between food prep and storage areas. The person in charge was found to be lacking in food safety knowledge and multiple non-food contact surfaces were dirty, according to the report. The failing score of 69 was later corrected to a 94.

The second restaurant, La Fiesta Mexican Grill located on Hixson Pike, also received a score of 69 for employees not washing hands in between tasks, evidence of insects and failure to dispose of trash. Multiple food and non-food contact surfaces were found to be dirty and the person in charge lacked food safety knowledge, the report states.

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 423-209-8110. The scores are original and do not reflect on-the-spot changes, which sometimes lead to upward adjustments.


69 Jeffersons 618 Georgia Avenue; reasons including person in charge lacking food safety
knowledge, food contact surfaces dirty, evidence of insects and rodents, contamination not
prevented between food prep/storage, utensils dirty, non-food contact surfaces dirty. Corrected
to 94.

69 La Fiesta Mexican Grill 8523 Hixson Pike; reasons including employees not washing hands
between tasks, person in charge lacking food safety knowledge, evidence of insects, garbage
not being disposed of, food and non-food contact surfaces excessively dirty.

92 Merv's Restaurant

713 Mountain Creek Road

92 The Cheesecake Factory

2084 Hamilton Place Blvd.

95 Amigo's

1906 Dayton Blvd.

95 Firehouse Subs

3849 Dayton Blvd.

95 Five Guys Burgers and Fries

2020 Gunbarrel Road

96 Cracker Barrel #200

50 Birmingham Highway

96 Crust Pizza 1

03 Signal Mountain Road

96 Dunkin Donuts

7647 East Brainerd Road

98 American Wings

4011 Brainerd Road

98 Burger King

676 Signal Mountain Road

98 Huddle House #624

5611 Brainerd Road

99 Chicken Salad Chick

1820 Gunbarrel Road

99 Jimmy Johns

7407 Igou Gap Road

99 Papa John's #746

6210 Hixson Pike

100 Auntie Anne's

2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.

100 Baskin Robbins

625 Signal Mountain Road

100 Bite Me Bakery

9408 Apison Pike

100 Buffalo Wild Wings Bar

5744 Highway 153

100 Cadence Coffee Company

11 E.7th Street

100 Five Guys Burger & Fries

5110 Hixson Pike

100 Frios

205 Manufacturer's Road

100 Jersey Mike's

2260 Gunbarrel Road

100 Zaxbys

7328 Shallowford Road