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Restaurant Report Card: Update on failing restaurants

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

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

Back in March, Nicky's Seafood at 609 Whitehall St. in Atlanta scored 59 points and a "U" for unsatisfactory. Inspectors found mold in the ice machine and tomatoes 39 degrees out of temperature range. Plus, there was an employee eating out of customers to-go plates.

We followed up and they did a bit better on reinspection, scoring 82 points and a "B."

Then in April, Panaderia Elizabeth at 5050 Jimmy Carter Blvd. in Norcross failed with 47 points, and then just three days later failed again with 61 points and a "U" for unsatisfactory. Inspectors found cooked chicken, black beans and beef stew at unsafe temperatures. Plus, employees were not washing their hands properly and several ants were seen in the facility.

They got a 95 or "A" on reinspection.

In May, CBS46 found one of the lowest scores it had ever seen. Bravo's Cantina and Grill at 5965 Cumming Hwy. in Sugar Hill failed with only 37 points.

Inspectors took photographs of numerous violations in the kitchen, including employee clothing stored with food, raw beef stored behind fish, and medicines stored with equipment and food.

When Adam Murphy visited, he found another violation.

"I noticed these guys aren't wearing gloves. Shouldn't they be wearing gloves while prepping food," Murphy asked Ray Bravo, the owner.

"Yeah, they should be wearing gloves," said Bravo.

On reinspection, the restaurant got 89 points and a "B."

Finally, in early June, Hong Kong King Buffet at 5905 Jimmy Carter Blvd. in Norcross failed their health inspection for the second time this year. In fact, they've failed 12 inspections during the past eight years with scores as low as 28, 44 and 47.

The health department said if they fail their follow-up inspection or don't eliminate some of their repeat violations they would be shut down.

When Murphy visited he talked to Hong Kong King manager Jimmy Arianto.

"These are critical violations. Have you corrected these," asked Murphy.

"We did correct it, by the way. Yes, everything has been corrected," said Arianto.

It appears they did correct most problems. On reinspection, they received 90 points and an "A."

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