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Thinking Man owner pledges to correct mistakes after failing health inspection

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Thinking Man owner pledges to correct mistakes after failing health inspection

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The Thinking Man Tavern in Decatur recently flunked its health inspection, scoring a 56.

Owner Carl Rappold said the mistakes are easily correctable and is confident the restaurant will pass inspection when the county health inspector visits again.

“We got 56 and it’s out there,” he said. “She caught us on a terrible day. I wish they wouldn’t come in the middle of lunch rush. What are you going to do? I can definitely say with confidence we don’t normally do on a regular basis.”

The health inspector visited at 12:25 p.m. on Aug. 15.

The inspector noted problems with hand washing, a lack of paper towels in the men’s restroom, a pitcher of a beverage stored in the bar’s hand sink and found food in the fridge that was several days old including cooked pork made on Aug. 7 and corn dogs made on Aug. 8.

Here are all of the violations noted in the inspection report:

A portion of the DeKalb County Health Inspector’s report from a recent inspection of Thinking Man in Decatur.

Rappold said he’s retrained his restaurant staff.

“The good thing is all the mistakes had nothing to do with refrigeration or the restaurant not being clean,” he said. “We were very busy and my kitchen guys were not doing a good job with their gloves.”

To see the full health inspector’s report, click here.

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