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Kitchen Inspections

POSTED: March 6, 2008 5:00 a.m.

The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Jan. 29- Feb. 7 by the Hall County Environmental Health Department. New rules and regulations for food service began on Dec. 1, 2007. Food service establishments will now be given a letter grade that coincides with a percentile: "A" (90-100), "B" (80-89), "C" (70-79), "U" 69 and below. Inspections (frequency of) a food service establishment will be conducted based on risk categorization. The risk type shall be determined by the menu items served, the food preparation processed performed, and the previous food safety history in the food service establishment.

A new food service establishment that has never served food must score 100 (A) to receive a food service permit to operate. When a restaurant changes ownership, a new food service permit must be issued. To be issued a food service permit for a change of ownership, the establishment must score a 95 (A) or above with all Foodborne Illness Risk factors and Public Health Interventions in compliance. Permits must be posted in public view at all times. Food service establishments with drive-through windows will also be required to have the top one-third of a copy of the most current inspection report visible through each window allowing customers to easily read the score, date of inspection and establishment information, in addition to the copy posted inside the establishment. Copies of the new rules are available at the Hall County Environmental health Office. The rules and regulations are also available online at

To register a complaint against a food service establishment, contact the Hall County Environmental Health Department at 770-531-3973.


Jan. 29

Subs of Gainesville

984 Riverside Drive, Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A

Floors have a small amount of food debris, trash, etc., under equipment and shelving.

Inspector: McDuffie


Feb. 1

The Honey Baked Ham Co. and Cafe

1237 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 97, Grade: A

Foods stored on floor of freezers. Cleaning cloths on counters.

Inspector: McDuffie


Feb. 4


4930 Friendship Road, Buford

Score: 99, Grade: A

Gaskets on make-line coolers have food debris, crumbs, etc.

Inspector: McDuffie


Burger King No. 13983

4760 Friendship Road, Buford

Score: 99, Grade: A

Floors under equipment/shelving have food debris and trash.

Inspector: McDuffie


Taco Bell No. 4317

1409 Browns Bridge Road,

Score: 95, Grade: A

No shield between handsink and vegetable prep sink. Make-line cooler gasket split and dirty. Tiles are not attached and not grouted in mop sink.

Inspector: McDuffie


Feb. 5

China Gourmet

150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 74, Grade: C

Rice held in cooker at 105 to 110 degrees cooked in larger cooker and transferred to the smaller cooker for holding and cooking fried rice. Continuous use during inspection has almost depleted this rice supply within one hour. Manual dish washing taking place without chemical sanitizer (bleach) in sanitizer compartment of three-compartment sink. Open container of prepared cabbage stored under walk-in cooler evaporator unit. Cloths used to wipe counters/prep surfaces not being stored in chemical sanitizer in prep area. Shelving in cook area used to store foods in preparation for cooking and cooked foods for transfer to steam line at front counter with accumulation of grease/food debris on shelves. Old food trays stacked with food debris between them. Floors throughout kitchen and walk in cooler (especially at floor/wall junctures) need a thorough cleaning. Evidence of roach activity and roaches seen in the establishment. Ice scoop buried under ice bin of smaller ice machine. Open container of cooked food on half wall between prep area and three-compartment sink in kitchen.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth


The Lunch Box

922 Gainesville Highway, Buford

Score: 94, Grade: A

Thermometer broken. Cloths used to wipe counter/prep surface (cutting board) not stored in chemical sanitizer between uses. Crockery insert from crock pot containing gravy put into home style refrigerator covered tightly.

Inspector: Wentworth



5458 McEver Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 91, Grade: A

No paper towels or soap at handsink in front, paper towels not near handsink in back. Cloths used to wipe food contact surfaces not being stored in sanitizer. Box of single service plates on floor in dry storage. Floors need cleaning better, especially in dry storage area.

Inspector: Black


La Cazuela Mexican

4965 Friendship Road, Buford

Score: 93, Grade: A

Several plates and knives stored with food residue. Cloths used to wipe food contact surfaces not being stored in sanitizer between uses.

Inspector: Black


Joyce’s Kitchen

380 Cleveland Highway, Clermont

Score: 95, Grade: A

Cutting board on make-line cooler with food accumulation and mold and mildew underneath. Ceiling tiles with dust accumulation at front of kitchen.

Inspector: Black


Buffalo’s cafe

3446 Winder Highway, Flowery Branch

Score: 91, Grade: A

Foods uncovered. Mold and mildew on cutting boards. No sanitizer in bucket for cleaning cloths. Surfaces with aluminum foil. Gaskets have dried food debris and some are torn and split. Floors have food debris, mold and mildew.

Inspector: McDuffie


Irie Jamaica Cafe

272 Dawsonville Highway,

Score: 91, Grade: A

Pans of chicken and rice on counter cooling at incorrect temperatures.

Inspector: McDuffie


Curt’s Restaurant

3440 Branch Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 95, Grade: A

Cleaning cloths on counters, equipment, etc. Employee changed tasks without washing hands and changing gloves. Gaskets on cooler have food debris. Door guard in walk-in has mold and mildew. Walls behind ware washer have mold and mildew.

Inspector: McDuffie


Feb. 6


3652 Wallis Road, Oakwood

Score: 94, Grade: A

Storage on floor. Single serve items on floor. Gaskets on several coolers have mold and mildew and are cracked/split. There are no covered waste containers in ladies room. Dumpster lid open, grease container open and full of grease/water from rain. Floors have food, dirt, trash under counters, storage shelves, etc. Cove tiles around three-compartment sink are not attached to the wall. Floor tiles in walk-in missing grout.

Inspector: McDuffie


Burger King

3703 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood

Score: 91, Grade: A

Tomato slicer stored with dried food debris. Food stored on floor of freezer. Mats in walk-in cooler and freezer have accumulated debris underneath. Floors have food debris, trash under counters, shelving, etc. Floor tiles throughout kitchen missing grout, especially near rear exit and in mop sink.

Inspector: McDuffie


Slade’s Catering

1547 Riverside Drive, Gainesville

Score: 90, Grade: A

Hand wash sink in kitchen not stocked. Employee restroom hand sink has no towels. Utensils stored with food debris. Cutting boards have an accumulation of mold and mildew. Ice machine baffle has pink water mold. No test strips for sanitizer buckets. FRP on wall behind ware washer has an accumulation of mold and mildew. Sinks in kitchen are no longer attached to the walls.

Inspector: McDuffie


Joe Muggs

150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Black


Los Carrillos Restaurant

503 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville

Score: 92, Grade: A

Cutting board and pan stored on floor behind grill knife being washed and rinsed and not sanitized. Pans being stacked on top of uncovered foods in cooler. Ladle and tongs being stored over handsinks so that it is exposed to splash from the handsink.

Inspector: Black


Longstreet Cafe Too

405 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 87, Grade: B

Large hotel pans stacked under prep table after manual washing grease and food from prep above accumulating in lip of inverted pans. Brown gravy for steaks being held on top of stove for transfer to steam line as needed with temperature of 117 degrees.

Inspector: Wentworth


Feb. 7

Oakwood’s Arrow
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4712 Flat Creek Road, Oakwood

Score: 98, Grade: A

Dried food debris in storage drawers with utensils. Gasket on make-line cooler has mold and mildew and is cracked.

Inspector: McDuffie


Asia Cafe

2888 Browns Bridge Road,

Score: 93, Grade: A

Can opener, pans and other utensils with food residue. Cloths being used to cover foods in walk-in cooler.

Inspector: Black



943 Jesse Jewell, Gainesville

Score: 96, Grade: A

Thermometers missing from reach-in cooler. Gasket on freezer torn and detached. Insides of coolers have food debris.

Inspector: McDuffie


Bianca Bruno


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