Thousands of you are heading to the Augusta Mall as the countdown to Christmas begins. But how safe is the food at the mall’s food court? News 12 is on your side with a look at who got high marks and who had serious violations.
Rudy Morris has seen a lot over thirty years as a health inspector. In his final month before retirement, and at News 12’s request, he reviews the performance of the Augusta Mall’s food court.
“The main thing we’re concerned about is temperature,” said Rudy Morris, GA Division of Public Health.
During recent inspections, two food court restaurants had Category I violations. The Health Department considers these violations an imminent public health hazard.
At China Express, the inspection from last month cited chicken in a three-compartment sink, which is only for washing dishes. The meat was thrown out. China Express got an overall score of 90, the worst at the food court but still considered a safe score, according to inspectors.
Chik-Fil-A had the other major violation, a ‘toxic material’ near the food prep area. They got a final score of 92, down from a previous rating on 98.
“Food court does good. We have problems with all of our restaurants at one time or another. But overall, probably 85 percent of the restaurants do a fantastic job,” Morris said.
Another common violation, but not as severe as Category I, six food court eateries were docked for failing to use hair restraints. Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Burbon Street Café, Master Wok, DQ Treat Center, Subway and Wendy’s all had this problem, but still had acceptable scores.
And taking the top spot with the best score was a tie between Little Athens Gyro and Great Steak and Potato.
Chik-Fil-A manager says the toxic material cited in the inspection was a can of Scrub ‘N Bubbles that was immediately removed. Officials at China Express did not return a phone call seeking comment. View the complete reports below.
Auntie Anne's Pretzels
Burbon Street Cafe
DQ Treat Center
Great Steak and Potato
Little Athens Gyro