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Kitchen inspections

POSTED: May 21, 2008 5:01 a.m.

The following are among the food service establishments inspected from April 25-30 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.


April 25

Chicopee Wood Elementary

2029 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Flowery Branch High School

4450 Hog Mountain Road,
Flowery Branch

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Wentworth

New Holland Elementary

170 Barne St., Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Donna Black

Mi Palmar Restaurant

1704 Parkhill Drive, Gainesville

Score: 94, Grade: A

Shrimp thawing in bucket of water stored on floor. Hot water being turned off at hand sink due to leak at three-compartment sink. Ceiling tiles and couple of floor tiles damaged through kitchen. Walls in walk-in cooler rotting and peeling paint.

Inspector: Black

Rio Grande Taqueria and Restaurant

1216 Aviation Blvd., Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A

Threshold at walk-in cooler is damaged and pulling up at floor.

Inspector: Black

April 29

Martin Elementary

4216 Martin Road,
Flowery Branch

Score: 95, Grade: A

Freezer evaporator has leaked, allowing for condensation to freeze onto boxes below evaporator drain. Large container of ranch dressing mixed up for use on April 21, should have been discarded or used by April 27.

Inspector: Wentworth

C.W. Davis Middle School

4335 Atlanta Highway,

Flowery Branch

Score: 91, Grade: A

Large container of ranch dressing mixed up for use on April 23 with discard date May 1. Slicer stored with food residue on back of blade and cradle. Wall at front of dishwasher needs a good cleaning, accumulation of mold and mildew.

Inspector: Wentworth

Gibby’s BBQ

380 Cleveland Highway, Clermont

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Black

April 30

Lakeview Academy

796 Lakeview Drive, Gainesville

Score: 96, Grade: A

Cloths not being stored in sanitizer between uses. Low amount of sanitizer in solution. Cloth being rinsed off in prep sink. Walls moldy at dish machine.

Inspector: Black

Hampton Inn

450 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 94, Grade: A

Dishes not being sanitized after washing. Water leaking at hand sink/prep sink which is requiring water to be turned off.

Inspector: Black

East Hall High School

3534 East Hall Road, Gainesville

Score: 95, Grade: A

Ranch dressing made in-house today with discard date of eight days. Temperature of final rinse for hot water sanitizing dish machine not always reaching 180 degrees on gauge due to problem with booster heater where it must be re-set.

Inspector: Wentworth

Days Inn

520 Queen City Parkway,

Score: 98, Grade: A

Inside of shelves, drawers and microwave with food residue. Light missing shield over three-compartment sink.

Inspector: Black

Turnstile Deli

109 Green St., Gainesville

Score: 95, Grade: A

In-house made soups stored in walk-in cooler from April 12. Floors, walls and ceilings throughout kitchen need repair: Holes in walls, paint peeling, epoxy floor peeling and ceiling panels torn (dry storage) or water damaged (back dry storage).

Inspector: Wentworth

Bianca Bruno


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