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Due to the coronavirus outbreak, many restaurants have gone to takeout only, reduced hours or have temporarily closed. Please call ahead to make sure a restaurant’s status has not changed.

The Knox County Health Department recently evaluated the following restaurants. Restaurant scores may change with follow-up visits; follow-up scores may not be immediately available. For more information on health scores, visit

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Elegant Otter (bar), 1123 N Central Avenue

Five Guys, 234 Brookview Center, #101 

Five Guys, 10922 Parkside Drive

Holiday Inn Express (kitchen), 816 N. Campbell Station Road


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Elegant Otter, 1123 N. Central Avenue: Garbage cans overflowing on street site. 99

Firehouse Subs, 128 Buckingham Road: Build-up in ice machine. 99

Olive Garden Restaurant, 7206 Kingston Pike: Employee drink stored improperly on food prep table. 99

Olive Garden Restaurant (lounge), 7206 Kingston Pike: Build-up found on racks and shelves. 99


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Blaze Pizza, 10978 Parkside Drive: Wiping cloths improperly stored; ice dispenser contains build-up. 98

Comfort Suites (kitchen), 811 Campbell Station Road: Microwave needs cleaning; missing test strips; most recent inspection not posted. 98

Dos Agaves Mexican Grill, 11639 Parkside Drive: Missing slits in packaging of fish when thawing; container with tomatoes improperly stored. 98

Super 8 (kitchen), 11748 Snyder Road: Refrigerator holding incorrect temperature; missing thermometer. 97

Cracker Barrel, 716 Campbell Station Road: Food debris in hand sink; some foods missing labels; water in bottom of coolers. 96

Rosati’s, 234 Brookview Centre Way, #109: Some food items missing labels; fruit flies observed; dirty container/lids stored improperly on clean rack; build-up on some doors, shelves, and equipment in kitchen; water line leaking. 95

Cookout, 6920 Kingston Pike: Improper hand washing observed; some food missing labels; employee drink improperly stored; build-up in ice machine; ice scoop improperly stored; tops/sides of equipment, dish shelves, and bottom of coolers contain build-up. 90 (95 follow-up)


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Denny’s, 4834 N. Broadway: Food debris on equipment stored for immediate use; improper cold holding temperatures of some foods; inadequate equipment for temperature control; ventilation system dripping onto prep cooler and floor. 87

Bojangle’s, 5916 Middlebrook Pike: Paper towels missing at hand sink; fried chicken on front line missing time stamp; chemical bottle observed without label; employee drink improperly stored on prep table; dirty wiping cloths observed on counters; debris and build-up on cart that holds food product. 85 (95 follow-up)

Plum Tree, 7052 Kingston Pike: Improper hand washing observed; rice improperly cooled; some foods missing date marks and labels; chicken improperly stored; rice scoops and food utensils improperly stored; shelves, cooler doors, tops/sides of equipment contain build-up. 85 (95 follow-up)

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