ATLANTA — It didn’t take long after Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles restaurant first opened on Peachtree Street to become an Atlanta staple and popular tourist destination that seemed to always have a long line streaming out the door. But now the iconic Midtown Atlanta is faced with a long line of major violations that caused it to flunk its latest health inspection on Feb. 8.
And it also has a long line of restaurant regulars in shock that the popular eatery, founded by Motown singing legend Gladys Knight, could score an abysmal 56 on its health inspection.
Health inspectors blame the extremely low score on multiple citations, including reach-in cooler without a door, food inside the cooler being outside the required temperature range, heavy debris on a can opener as well as on the ceilings and vents, and an expired Serve Safe certificate.
Most shocking, according to Channel 2 Action News, is the fact that the same restaurant has scored a 94 on its previous inspection last spring. So popular is Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles that the family opened up two more stores in the metro Atlanta area.
While some customers waiting in line registered shock on their faces, others told the station they will continue to patronize the restaurant based upon their multiple previous dining experiences. Food lovers have been known to travel long distances just to dine at the eatery.