About six months after opening, one of the newest Chattanooga area restaurants was cited for an employee not shedding their gloves between handling their cellphone and food. Several Drake's employee's personal drinks were also found stored on food contact surfaces during a recent health inspection.


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 Sept. 3, 2019:

88 Drake's

7338 McCutcheon Road; Reasons including employee was using cellphone with
gloves on. After using phone, employee did not shed gloves and continued handling food.
Numerous employee drinks stored on food contact surfaces and stored in same areas as

94 Melodee's Diner

3904 Ringgold Road

95 Sofa King Juicy Burger

1743 Dayton Blvd.

97 Smoothie King 594

2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.

97 El Meson

2204 Hamilton Place Blvd.

97 Sonic Drive In

4305 Hixson Pike

98 Alex Thai Food & Sushi Bistro

26 E. Main Street Suite 114

98 Panda Express

2260 Gunbarrel Road

99 Subway #25056

6054 Shallowford Road

99 517 Subs

1238 Taft Highway

99 Red Lobster

2200 Bams Drive

99 Hibachi Express and Juice Bar

4511 Highway 58

100 P.F. Chang's China Bistro

2110 Hamilton Place Blvd.

100 Pizza Hut

7801 East Brainerd Road

100 Choo Choo Bbq

7910 East Brainerd Road

100 Cheddar's

2014 Gunbarrel Road

100 Lois's Restaurant

3013 Dodson Avenue

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