Restaurants fail to get ‘satisfactory’ grade in inspections
by David Lazenby
Apr 04, 2011 | 9243 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Some Jasper restaurants and other food establishments recently examined by inspectors for the Walker County Health Department are waiting for a follow-up review that is mandatory for eatery’s that score below an 85.

According to a website that reports food establishments scores throughout the state sponsored by the Alabama Department of Public Health, the following Jasper businesses scored below the minimal score given to restaurants deemed to to be satisfactory.

• El Paso Mexican Restaurant, 80;

• Garfields, 78;

• Hardee’s, 75;

• Hickoryland, 84;

• Hwy. 5 Mini Mart, 83;

• John’s Blackwater Restaurant, 79;

• LJ Enterprises, LLC, 82

• Moore’s Landing, 84;

• Shaley Enterprises, 81;

• Subway - Jasper Mall, 82; and

• Subway No. 6540, 80.

Jason Asbell, a food establishment inspector for the Walker County Health Department, could not be reached for comment Friday.

The inspections for these restaurants was conducted between Jan. 7 and March 11. Each restaurant requires a follow-up inspection within 60 days of their latest reviews.

In other parts of the county, other eating establishments received less-than-stellar scores during their most recent inspections. These include Pizza Bar in Carbon Hill, which scored an 83; Oakman Texaco in Oakman, which got an 81; J.D. Hopper’s in Nauvoo, which also received an 81; and Nauvoo Food Mart, which scored a 71, the lowest score among the website’s Walker County listings.

Food establishments that score between 60 and 69 require follow-up and reinspection within 48 hours. Establishments that score below 60 are closed immediately.

On a positive note, according to the website, perfect scores of 100 are posted by D’s Food Mart in Jasper, Jasper Senior Center, Lupton Jr. High School in Nauvoo, Quick-It No. 9 in Dora and the Subway inside Walmart in Sumiton.

Additional information about food scores for food establishments locally and across the state can be found on the Internet at foodscores.state.al.us.