Brick Store: ’embarrassed, angered and motivated’

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 19, 2014
The Brick Store Pub. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The Brick Store Pub. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The Brick Store Pub told its customers that it is working hard to fix problems that led to a failing grade on their most recent health inspection.

Owners posted a message on Facebook on July 18 addressing the report. The Brick Store scored a 59, which is considered unsatisfactory.

“We are equal parts embarrassed, angered and motivated by the score recently given to us by the DeKalb County Health Department,” the Facebook message says. “We truly regret the distress this causes those who have supported us so faithfully over these 17 years. Be assured this score is not indicative of our dedication to food safety. Nor is it one that will ever be repeated.”

While the owners said they were committed to correcting the mistakes, they¬†took issue with the Health Department’s grading system, calling it “seriously flawed.”

Here is the full statement from The Brick Store posted on the company’s Facebook page:

Dear Brick Store friends and patrons:

We are equal parts embarrassed, angered and motivated by the score recently given to us by the Dekalb County Health Department. We truly regret the distress this causes those who have supported us so faithfully over these 17 years. Be assured this score is not indicative of our dedication to food safety. Nor is it one that will ever be repeated.

That said, the restaurant sanitation grading system is seriously flawed, and we disagree with several key interpretations of the code that led to this grade. However, we are committed to working with the health department to avoid vagaries and confusion in the future. Please remain confident in our ability to provide you with outstanding dishes prepared in a safe setting.

We are currently open for business!!

As always, we thank you for your continued faith and support.

Tom, Mike, Dave

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  • curious

    To be fair, they have not received the greatest of scores for the past three years. I never eat anywhere with less than a 90. Anyone can look at the scores, and judge for themselves; however, I do not see anything ambiguous about the violations.

  • DP

    As a chef of a popular reataurant in Decatur I can say with full conviction that the Brickstore is right when they say that the grading system is seriously flawed and not at all indicitive of the sanitation and safety of the restaurant. The current grading system is moreso based on arbitrary, extremely complex and confusing rules than actual health and safety concerns. People hear ‘flunked a health inspection’ and imagine a filthy kitchen crawling with rats when in reality it is probably a kitchen that is actually COOKING food rather than removing it from plastic bags with gloved hands and microwaving it. Shame on Decaturish and other news outlets for making this a story and humilating and ruining the business of a decent local establishment.

    • Shame on news outlets for reporting a failed health score? It’s irrelevant if the health grading system is effective or not. It’s the law and the media’s job is to report the news. If they DIDN’T report it, I would THEN say “shame on you.”

  • D

    Having eaten there recently (before this came out) – I was less than pleased with the sanitation. Eating inside, my meal was covered with flies and near as I could tell nothing was being done to prevent them from getting into the restaurant. I will admit, I do not know the full extent of guidelines, so I am not commenting on that aspect. Only that the fly situation was enough to put me off from finishing my meal.

  • underscorex

    Who goes to Brick Store to EAT?

  • Brick StorePub

    We received a 96 on our inspection today. Thanks for you support DP and Kyle.

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