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Inspections for March 27-April 2
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from March 27-April 2 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.


March 27

Eat At Thai

975 Dawsonville Highway No. 7, Gainesville

Score: 95, Grade: A

Ladles, can opener and other utensils with food residue. Floors with grease accumulation behind/underneath fryers.

Inspector: Donna Black

Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries

658A Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville

Score: 98, Grade: A

Both handsinks need splash guards resealed at splash guard/sink juncture to prevent seepage of water into this crack. Grease spilled on top of grease recycled container and on ground around container.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Marisqueria El Antojito

1714 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville

Score: 82, Grade: B

Container of uncovered fish and container of partially covered shrimp stored on shelf above crate of green peppers and bag of cilantro; container of wrapped fish with loosely wrapped pieces of chicken in same container. Container of fish fillets stored uncovered in cooler. Sanitizer level in sanitizer compartment of three-compartment sink testing at 10 ppm. Many foods (flour, salt, etc.) and spices stored in Styrofoam cups with lids or food containers without labels. Floor needs better cleaning especially in corners behind equipment, under equipment and floor/wall juncture. Shelving under grill/cook area needs better cleaning.

Inspector: Wentworth

March 30

Waffle House No. 1178

1240 Candler Road, Gainesville

Score: 87, Grade: B

Repeat violation: Bare hands being used to assemble foods. Replace missing test strips used to check level of sanitizer. Inside/bottom of coolers need to be cleaned more frequently to prevent insect/rodent attraction. Floors in walk-in cooler, dry storage and underneath dish machine with debris.

Inspector: Black

Taqueria Silao

1710 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Black

El Paisa

272 A Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Black

Starbuck’s Coffee Co.

821 Dawsonville Highway,

Score: 96, Grade: A

Little to no sanitizer registering on test strips for sanitizing buckets. Syrup residue and debris under dry storage shelves.

Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines

Burger King/Pearl Nix

P.O. Box 6305, Gainesville

Score: 90, Grade: A

Employee slicing tomato with bare hand. Pans stored wet nested.

Inspector: Hoffhines

Pizza Hut, Browns Bridge

1501 Browns Bridge Road,

Score: 93, Grade: A

Breadstick pans and pizza pans for use with accumulation of food debris in them. Racks in back room and racks in proofer with visible build up of debris — food/grease. Walk-in cooler evaporator leaking condensate from drain pipe and from unit itself. This problem has been linked to roof damage. Hood vents do not appear to fit tight enough over fryers in Wing Street to prevent grease build up inside hood.

Inspector: Wentworth

Chestnut Mountain

4841 Union Church Road,
Flowery Branch

Score: 95, Grade: A

Single-serve cups not stored properly in kitchen to prevent contamination of food/food preparation area; stored on shelf above prep table. Ceiling vents/ceiling panels adjacent dusty over equipment in kitchen.

Inspector: Wentworth

March 31

Oriental Garden II

891 Dawsonville Highway NW, Gainesville

Score: 92, Grade: A

Knives, peelers, pans and cutting boards stored with food residue. Repeat violation: Cloths used to wipe food contact surfaces not being stored in sanitizer.

Inspector: Black

Family Cafe Chinese

691 S. Enota Drive, Gainesville

Score: 92, Grade: A

Foods in walk-in cooler and prep coolers not covered. Sanitizing cloths laying on counters and prep tables. Umbrella, jacket, cell phone and other personal items stored on top of foods.

Inspector: Black

Captain D’s

410 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 91, Grade: A

Can opener with rust/metal shavings built up, knives on rack with residue, and pans with residue. Single-service cups on floor in dry storage. Repeat violation: Shelves, sides of fryers, and shelves in walk-in cooler and freezer with grease/food residue. Holes in walls behind fryers. Tiles damaged in old walk-in cooler. Trash on floor around hot water heater. Grout missing in between tiles in front of fryer. Repeat violation: Lights in hood system need to be shielded.

Inspector: Black

April 1

New Horizons North

2020 Beverly Road NE, Gainesville

Score: 96, Grade: A

Tongs, spatulas and inside of microwave with food residue.

Inspector: Black

Rabbittown Cafe

2415 Old Cornelia Highway, Gainesville

Score: 86, Grade: B

Roast beef cooked early in morning and reheated for hot-holding only reheated to 116 degrees before being put into hot-holding cabinet for storage for dinner service. Sanitizer cloth storage containers throughout kitchen with visible food debris in the solution. Pans washed and sanitized at three-compartment sink being stored wet. Dumpster has leaked liquid onto pad; leak in back bottom of Dumpster.

Inspector: Wentworth

South Hall Middle School

3215 Poplar Springs Road,

Score: 90, Grade: A

Clean utensil handler in dish room eating with gloves on and not changing gloves and washing hands before going back to work with clean dishes. Clean utensil handler in dish room eating with gloves on and rinsing gloves off at hand sink before going back to work with clean dishes.

Inspector: Wentworth

April 2

Monterrey Mexican

5745 Old Winder Highway,

Score: 89, Grade: B

Foods stored uncovered in reach-in freezer. Baffle inside ice machine with mold and plates with debris. Dish machine not dispensing sanitizer. Chemical bottles must be labeled as that contents are known inside. Foods not being stored in food-grade bags. Keep cloths stored in sanitizer solution in between uses and do not store laying on counters and prep tables.

Inspector: Black

Sylvester Jones Elementary

Sixth Street Chicopee, Gainesville

Score: 95, Grade: A

Final rinse pressure of hot water sanitizing dish machine running 30-35 psi. Floor needs cleaning in corners next to equipment and under equipment.

Inspector: Wentworth

Megan Gill

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