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Restaurant Report Card: Update on failing restaurants

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Each week CBS46 warns you about eating at restaurants in your neighborhood that have failed their health inspections.

In this Restaurant Report Card CBS46's Adam Murphy is checking back on some of the worst offenders to see if they've improved.

Back in July, we uncovered some serious health violations inside a popular Atlanta restaurant. Red Pepper Taqueria at 2149 Briarcliff Rd. failed with 69 points and a "U" for unsatisfactory. Raw eggs were stored next to ready to eat foods. Plus, mushrooms, ham and shredded cheese were at unsafe temperatures.

"Can you tell me what happened?" Murphy asked.

"Well, unfortunately, I'm not able to answer anything right now without the owner," Red Pepper Taqueria manager Jon Billick said.

We checked back and Red Pepper Taqueria only improved two points on a re-inspection to 71 points and a "C."

In early August, Cotton and Corn Kitchen Bar at 6590 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth failed with 57 points and a "U." There was no certified food safety manager during the inspection. Plus, a cooler was not working properly so pork, pasta and chicken salad were at unsafe temperatures.

We also noticed the restaurant posted the wrong health inspection score during our visit.

"You list that you have a 100, you don't have a 100 you have a 57," Murphy said.

"That was our first inspection," Cotton and Corn's Chef said.

Cotton and Corn Kitchen Bar improved to 89 points and a "B" on a re-inspection.

Also this month, Montie's Public House at 1860 Corporate Blvd. in DeKalb County failed with 59 points and a "U." There was heavy black mold-like buildup on drink machine nozzles. Plus, sausage, salmon and tilapia were at unsafe temperatures and there was expired buttermilk in the kitchen.

"Were they serving expired buttermilk in anything?" Murphy asked.

"No we were not," Montie's bartender said.

We checked back and Montie's only improved to 72 points and a "C" on a re-inspection.

Finally, Chow Bing at 3330 Piedmont Rd. in Atlanta scored 59 points and a "U" last week. Pork and beef were at unsafe temperatures, food was stored on the floor and the inspection report was not posted.

"Were you storing food on the floor?" Murphy asked.

"No we just had a delivery just come in at lunchtime when we were so busy and then you have a bucket of soy sauce and we did not pick it up yet," Chow Bing manager Gary Lin said.

It turns out the health department recorded the violations last month during a routine inspection, but never posted Chow Bing's re-inspection score of 94 points online.

Once we notified health officials they immediately updated the information.

Be sure to watch our exclusive Restaurant Report Card every Thursday at 11 p.m. on CBS46 News.

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