Food service at the prestigious members-only 1818 Club located on the top floor of the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce in Duluth was halted for a few hours Thursday (Jan. 31) after the dining club failed its food inspection, and its food service permit was suspended.
1818 Club Manager Jeff Campione reported Friday, Feb. 1, that the club was reinspected three hours after the suspension at its request. “We have a health score of 100 hanging on the wall right now,” he said. Food service resumed at the club Thursday following the improved score.
Also, the traditional late-night after party hosted at 1818 Club following the annual Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Dinner at the Gwinnett Center Feb. 1 was scheduled to occur at the club as planned.
Food inspections are conducted regularly by environmental health specialists from the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Departments of Health.
The food service inspector gave the 1818 Club a 67-U score when it was inspected Jan. 31 based on multiple violations that included a waiter handling toast with his bare hands, food not properly date and time marked, and expired food that had not been discarded. An employee was observed by the inspector handling dirty dishes then clean dishes wearing the same gloves. These violations were corrected on-site, according to the restaurant inspection report.
The inspector also cited the club Jan. 31 for a build-up of mold and debris on the ice machine and for a dirty microwave oven. Both violations apparently were corrected prior to reinspection.
The Jan. 31 report noted that the 1818 Club’s permit was suspended because of two consecutive unsatisfactory inspection scores. The club had received a 59-U score in a Nov. 7, 2012, inspection. It was reinspected Nov. 13 and earned a score of 84-B. Most of the club’s previous scores were As and Bs.
Karen Shields, public information officer with the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockale Departments of Health, confirmed that the club had been reinspected later Jan. 31 and had scored 100.
This initially appeared on Duluth Patch