One of uptown Charlotte’s most popular spots for food and cocktails fell from a grade of A to a C in a recent health inspection, according to a report that found violations including mishandling food and dead roaches in one area.
Ink & Ivy is one of more than a dozen restaurants run by the Charlotte-based Bottle Cap Group, which also owns Hot Taco, Whiskey Warehouse, Gibson and Rosemont, and also recently announced plans to open a new restaurant, Papa Doc’s Surf Club, on Lake Wylie.
The Bottle Cap Group did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the rating.
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Mecklenburg County health inspections are available online at public.cdpehs.com.
The restaurant’s previous inspections have been A and B ratings, including B’s on two inspections last May. In the current inspection, the restaurant received a score of 78. When restaurants receive C ratings, they can request a reinspection.
Listed in the Wednesday report were violations that included bartenders handling used plates and utensils and then handling raw garnishes for drinks; raw food such as shrimp stored over ready-to-eat foods; and dishes that weren’t properly sanitized.
From the report: “Observed many dishes stored as clean with heavy food debris . . . dishes with greasy films on them.” In another note, the inspection noted “many dead cockroaches in liquor room.”
Bottle Cap’s other restaurants have A ratings.