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POSTED: March 27, 2008 5:00 a.m.

The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Feb. 25-28 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 health.state.ga.us/programs/envservices/index.asp.
To register a complaint against a food service establishment, contact the Hall County Environmental Health Department at 770-531-3973.

Feb. 25
Brad’s Grill

1856 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

Waffle House
4770 Friendship Road, Buford
Score: 95, Grade: A
Frying pan stored with dried food debris. Utensil drawers under grill have crumbs. Floors in dry storage area have trash, etc.
Inspector: McDuffie

Chinese Wok
1015 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 92, Grade: A
Slicer on wall next to three-compartment sink with food residue. Pans of foods being stacked on top of each other uncovered in makeline cooler. Cloths being stored in buckets with no detectable amount of sanitizer. Floors need cleaning underneath fryer area that has grease accumulation. Clean wall next to wait area sink. Replace coved baseboard that is on wall near floor mixture to properly seal floor/wall juncture.
Inspector: Donna Black

Zaxby’s
4906 Friendship Road, Buford
Score: 92, Grade: A
Handwash sink not shielded/sealed to the wall in cook area. None of the doors on the makeline coolers seal properly. Freezer has a massive ice accumulation from water dripping and freezing from compressor. Ventilation system had grease dripping.
Inspector: McDuffie

Pizza Hut
1398 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 78, Grade: C
No towels at either hand sink. Can opener, slicer, utensils stored with dried food debris. Ingredients on makeline out of temperature. Makeline cooler not keeping required temperature. Thermometers not present in several coolers and freezers. Serving utensils in pizza ingredients stored with handles on food. Employees not wearing gloves to handle foods. Floor and wall behind warewasher has an accumulation of mold and mildew. Ventilation system has no accumulation of grease.
Inspector: McDuffie

Feb. 26
Cracker Barrel/Old Country Store
4758 Friendship Road, Buford
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Riverside Pizza
859 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville
Score: 90, Grade: A
Can opener and holder with food residue. Food handlers not wearing hat or hairnet. Cloths used to wipe food contact surfaces not being stored in sanitizer between uses. Pizza boxes being stored on floor next to front counter. Shelves and scales with food residue. Walls behind three-compartment sink with mold.
Inspector: Black

Green Tea Restaurant
7380 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 84, Grade: B
Foods stored uncovered. Cutting board has an accumulation of mold and mildew. Plates stored with dried food debris. Can opener stored with dried food debris. Restaurant serves sushi and the menu does not have a consumer advisory. No HACCP plan in place for the preparation for sushi. Coolers and freezers missing thermometers. Floors and walls have an accumulation of dried foods, etc.
Inspector: McDuffie

McDonald’s
7370 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 96, Grade: A
Thermometers missing in some coolers and freezers. Dumpsters open.
Inspector: McDuffie

Subway
7380 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

Beef O’Brady’s
7380 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 98, Grade: A
Plastic wrap on shelf of makeline cooler. Gaskets of makeline coolers have mold and mildew and dried food debris. Grease container has an accumulation of grease on the top and other surfaces. Floors have an accumulation of food and trash under equipment, counters, etc.
Inspector: McDuffie

New Horizons North
2020 Beverly Road, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Black

Golden Buddha
3715 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood
Score: 93, Grade: A
Cooked rice put on counter to cool. Chips being stored in cardboard boxes. Grease accumulation on floor underneath fryers. Lights over grill/fryers with grease accumulation.
Inspector: Black

Feb. 27
Bennie’s Pizza Inc.

6018 Athens St., Lula
Score: 98, Grade: A
There must be a separation between handwashing sink, rinse compartment and vegetable (prep) of wall of sinks. Hood vent dripping onto ground and into plastic container under vent outside. Area in front of grease container needs cleaning. Floors need better cleaning at floor/wall junctures throughout. Hood vents need cleaning. Fan in pizza area needs to be cleaned to prevent dust accumulation in guard from blowing onto food and food contact surfaces. Light shield missing end cap in dough prep area. Vent over makeline cooler compressor in pizza area and shelving in the cooler very dirty.
Inspector: Wentworth

Dairy Burger
984 Athens St., Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

New Chine Buffet
250 John W. Morrow Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 91, Grade: A
Can opener, graters and knives with food residue. Foods stored in walk-in freezer and underneath grill area on floor. Food handlers with no hair restraint. Cloths used to wipe food contact surfaces not being stored in sanitizer between uses. Inside and outside of makeline cooler with food residue. Outsides of food containers and shelves with debris. Food residue on floor of walk-in freezer. Floor/wall juncture and threshold in walk-in cooler with food residue.
Inspector: Black

T.J. Applebee’s
1705 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 94, Grade: A
Several slicers and cutting boards with food residue. Ice bin leaking water at bar area. Floors need cleaning underneath equipment at bar area. Food debris on floor in storage closet. Hole in ceiling in liquor room. Vents above dish machine and near grill peeling paint.
Inspector: Black

Burger King
806 Athens St., Gainesville
Score: 95, Grade: A
Walk-in freezer has an accumulation of frozen condensation on the ceiling and floor. Gaskets on reach-in cooler torn/split. Grease container has grease on top, sides, etc. Floors have food debris and trash under counters, storage. Vents over fryer have an accumulation of grease.
Inspector: McDuffie

BJ Georgia LLC, DBA Bojangles
1235 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 88, Grade: B
Two hand sinks blocked by carts, boxes, etc., one had no towels. Foods in cooler not covered. Coolers/freezers did not have thermometers. Light over fryer has no shield.
Inspector: McDuffie

Home Sweet Georgia
110 Washington St., Gainesville
Score: 91, Grade: A
Foods in makeline are out of temperature. Makeline is struggling to hold required temperatures. Foods on counter are out of temperature.
Inspector: McDuffie

Feb. 28
Good Times Pizza

4322-A Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood
Score: 92, Grade: A
Sliced ham not dated in reach-in cooler. Sliced provolone in walk-in past seven-day discard date. Slicer with dried food on edge of blade.
Inspector: Wentworth

Smokehouse Catering
3205 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville
Score: 83, Grade: B
Pulled pork in individual hot-holding boxes that plug into one heating unit and on steam table (brought from hot-holding) with holding temperatures of 109-128 degrees. Beans prepared and dated last Thursday are past the maximum number of days including day of preparation that the food may be consumed on the premises, sold or discarded. Outside hose spigot without a back-flow prevention device. Back door is not tight fitting.
Inspector: Wentworth

El Zacatecas No. 3
1276 Industrial Blvd., Gainesville
Score: 82, Grade: B
Food to be held hot on the truck for serve must be received at 135 degrees. Food was out of temperature in restaurant also all food cooked and packaged for mobile units. Food to be held in hot box for serve off truck must be held at 135 degrees. Must receive at proper temperature to hold at proper temperature.
Inspector: Wentworth

El Zacatecas No. 1
1276 Industrial Blvd., Gainesville
Score: 82, Grade: B
Food to be held hot on the truck for service must be received at 135 degrees. Food was out of temperature in restaurant. Food to be held in the hot box for service off truck must be held for service at 135 degrees.
Inspector: Wentworth

El Zacatecas No. 2
1276 Industrial Blvd., Gainesville
Score: 79, Grade: C
Equipment drying in handsink. Kitchenware not properly sanitized. Rice at 117 degrees used to prepare plates. All employees preparing to leave for mobile routes and package of pork chops left on counter. Floors need good cleaning at floor/wall juncture under equipment and behind floor-mounted grease trap.
Inspector: Wentworth.

Royal Lakes Restaurant
4700 Royal Lake Drive, Flowery Branch
Score: 81, Grade: B
One hand sink blocked with cutting boards, hand sink in bar not stocked. Foods stored uncovered. Can opener stored with dried food debris; utensils stored in drawers and bus pans with dried food debris. The majority of prepared foods in cooler are not marked with preparation, use-by, shelf life, consume-by, or expiration dates. Five half-gallons of buttermilk with expiration date of Feb. 19 one gallon of whole milk with expiration date of Feb. 25 and a quart of pasteurized eggs with the expiration date of Jan. 27. Cook with cleaning cloths in apron strings, cleaning towels on counters, etc. Walls in warewasher area have an accumulation of mold/mildew. Concrete is not a smooth, durable, nonabsorbent and easily cleanable surface. Hood vents have dust and grease accumulation.
Inspector: McDuffie

Domino’s Pizza
4012 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood
Score: 93, Grade: A
No paper towels in employee restroom. Single-serve boxes stored on floor. Gasket on makeline door split, allowing food debris to accumulate. Dumpster open. Coved baseboard not installed behind hot water heater as requested Jan. 12, 2007, and again July 24, 2007. Baseboard needed to seal floor/wall juncture and hole behind hot water heater; louvered doors behind prep counter broken, and are covered with dust from air handler and died food splatters.
Inspector: McDuffie

Big Creek Tavern
3050 Big Creek Road, Buford
Score: 96, Grade: 96
Cutting boards have accumulation of mold/mildew.
Inspector: McDuffie

Gainesville Bowling Center
2371 Browns Bridge Road
Score: 99, Grade: A
Several ceiling tiles damaged in storage areas.
Inspector: Black

Rudolph’s Restaurant
700 Green St.
Score: 92, Grade: A
Slicer with food residue on blade and on gears. Several knives and plastic and Lexan containers with food residue. Walnuts being stored in container that held dish detergent. Floors in upstairs bar area with food/syrup debris. Couple of ceiling tiles in kitchen damaged and few with dust.
Inspector: Black

Chef Wang Chinese Restaurant
275 Peal Nix Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
Cloths used to wipe food contact surfaces not being stored in sanitizer between uses. Food/dust residue on shelves above dish machine and three-compartment sink.
Inspector: Black



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