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Cheesecake Factory at Mall of Georgia fails health inspection

The inside of the new restaurant is intimate enough for a date night, but large enough to accommodate large parties.

The inside of the new restaurant is intimate enough for a date night, but large enough to accommodate large parties.

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BUFORD — Since opening on Dec. 10, the Cheesecake Factory’s first Gwinnett location has remained crowded. This week, though, the restaurant scored a 50 on its health inspection.

Documents from the Georgia Department of Human Resources showed that the Cheesecake Factory’s Mall of Georgia location failed an inspection Wednesday. There were various violations, including:

• Employees who “changed gloves while working with food and did not wash hands in between glove changes”

• “Clean pans that had old food debris stuck to them, slicer blades had old food debris, dicer had old food debris on it”

• A number of violations involving raw meats improperly stored above other foods

• “Multiple soups and sauces” and “several deep containers full of food items” not cooling properly

• An employee with “long fingernails preparing food at wait station”

• “Multiple employees … wearing bracelets and watches while preparing food”

• Servers “preparing and cutting bread” without “restrained hair”

Cheesecake Factory Senior Regional Vice President Jack Belk issued a statement to the Daily Post Thursday.

“The Cheesecake Factory takes food safety and sanitation very seriously and is committed to providing a safe dining experience to all of our guests,” the statement said. “Our guests can be assured that our food is safe and of the highest quality, and that we have taken immediate action to correct any deficiencies identified during the recent inspection.”

According to protocol, a follow-up inspection will occur within 10 days of Wednesday’s visit. The Buford restaurant scored a perfect 100 on an inspection on Nov. 25, more than two weeks prior to its opening.