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Kitchen inspections, week of Nov. 9-15

POSTED: February 2, 2008 5:02 a.m.

The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Nov. 9-15 by the Hall County Health Department.

The department scores on a 100-percentile scale, with 85 and above considered passing. Kitchens are inspected at least every six months and are required to post their score sheets in public. A new establishment that has never served food must score a 100 to receive an initial report.

To register a complaint against a restaurant, call the health department at 770-531-3973. To find past inspection lists, search the archives at

Nov. 9

Spout Springs Elementary, 6640 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 100

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Scott’s On The Square, 110 Main St., Gainesville

Score: 100

Inspector: Wentworth

Reid’s Cafe, 5337 Thompson Bridge Road, Murrayville

Score: 85

Employees smoking in kitchen. Ashtrays with cigarette butts in store room. Food stored under leaking compressor in walk-in. Surfaces, drains and drink dispenser nozzles have build up of mold and mildew. No thermometers for cooks to test temperatures of foods.

Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

Long John Silvers, 1281 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 88

Vents over fryers with dust accumulation. Reach-in cooler struggling to maintain temp of 41 degrees or below. Ice built up on condenser. Test strips used to check levels of sanitizer missing. Leak in water pipe above three-compartment sink. Floors underneath and beside fryers with heavy grease accumulation. Floors need to be cleaned. Ceiling tiles and vents with dust and mold. Coved baseboard, floor tiles and areas of FRP around walk-in cooler damaged, pulling away from wall. Light shields broken near grill. Shields missing at light near drive-through. Bulb in walk-in freezer not shatterproof.

Inspector: Donna Black

El Carreton No. 1, 608 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville

Score: 90

Four-door cooler still with small amount of condensate leaking into unit from evaporator. No storage under leak. No sanitizer test strips (chlorine) could be found in restaurant. Thermometers missing in cooler and freezer compartments of homestyle refrigerator. Dumpster drain plug missing. Plastic wrap stuffed in hole. Dumpster needs to be placed on a concrete or asphalt surface that is smooth and allows for easy cleaning of spills, etc.

Inspector: Wentworth

El Antojito, 1714 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville

Score: 88

Missing thermometer in prep cooler in inside concession. Concession trailer needs a stem thermometer to monitor hot-holding temperatures. No cloth sanitizer bucket set up to store cloths used to wipe possible food spills on concession trailer. Fluorescent lights need to be shielded in concession. Concession trailer with many damaged screen panels.

Inspector: Wentworth

Biscuit Shop, 1724 Parkhill Place, Gainesville

Score: 73. Failing inspection.

Margarine container used as scoop for flour. Floors need detailed cleaning at floor and wall junctures. Painted wood ceiling beginning to peel over hallway. Ceiling vent in kitchen without cover. Vent is open to roof. No screen on back window over three-compartment sink. Food handlers not wearing hair restraint. Food handlers wiping faces and hands on aprons.

Inspector: Wentworth

Nov. 12

Sonic Drive In, 7425 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 100

Inspector: Wentworth

Mount Vernon Elementary, 4844 Hood Road, Gainesville

Score: 97

Clean side of dish table accumulates food debris as backwash that can contaminate clean kitchenware.

Inspector: Wentworth

Lanier Elementary School, 4782 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 97

Accumulation of food debris in sharpening mechanism on slicer.

Inspector: Wentworth

Nov. 14

Cafe N’ Crepes, Bradford Street, Gainesville

Score: 95

Cutting boards in need of cleaning. No thermometer in freezer. Cleaning cloths on appliances, counters, etc. Floors need better cleaning under equipment. Food and dirt accumulated under mat in hall.

Inspector: McDuffie

Nov. 15

Sugar Hill Elementary School, 3259 Athens Highway, Gainesville

Score: 99

Freezer threshold damaged, allowing for gap under door that creates condensation problem in freezer.

Inspector: Wentworth

Don Jose No. 2, 711 Industrial Blvd., Suite D, Gainesville

Score: 90

Large, five-gallon container of stew that has been cooked was being put into cooler to cool after cooking. French fries stored in black trash bag in freezer. Kitchenware not being sanitized after washing and rinsing at three-compartment sink. Three compartment sink set up without sanitizer step. Cook tucking cloths in apron string that are being used to wipe hands after hand washing as well as "pot holders." Floor still needs a little better cleaning behind hot water heater. Floor tiles buckled under cooking equipment. Coved baseboard damaged in dry storage and wait station.

Inspector: Wentworth

Dean Myers Elementary School, 2676 Candler Road, Gainesville

Score: 97

Three-compartment sink set up and being used without sanitizer in sanitizing compartment. Sink had been filled, but after filled, sanitizer had not been added and dish washing began before sanitizer added.

Inspector: Wentworth

Bianca Bruno


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