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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Aug. 28-Sept. 3 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.

Aug. 24

The Shake Shop

1435 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 85, Grade: B

Water bottle on counter top in food prep area. Blender on air drying rack has food debris and shake powder along bottom between plastic and glass. Utensils and blender pieces are washed under running water and set on air drying rack. Food handler must have proper hair restraint. No sanitizer bucket set up. Move inspection to where it is 5-7 feet from the ground and where customers can easily read it at a distance of 1 foot away.

Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines

Cheeseburger Bobby’s

5855 Spout Springs Road, Suite A408, Flowery Branch

Score: 95, Grade: A

Uncovered drink sitting on stored food in back. Containers stacked wet nested.

Inspector: Hoffhines

JGB Ice Cream

5857 Spout Springs Road, Suite A305, Flowery Branch

Score: 96, Grade: A

Food debris on can opener and waffle cone maker.

Inspector: Hoffhines

Aug. 25


4930 Friendship Road, Buford

Score: 91, Grade: A

Unmarked spray bottle. Gaskets on most make line coolers, coolers in cook area have a buildup of mold, mildew, water, food debris. One hand sink and three-compartment sink no longer attached to wall. Grease container dripping in dumpster enclosure.

Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie


4906 Friendship Road, Buford

Score: 81, Grade: B

Two large bottles of Gatorade and one can of "Monster" energy drink in cook area. Hand sink in cook area stopped up with food debris — hot water not working. Other hand sink in cook area needs shielding cleaned and reattached. Hand sink in prep area not sealed to wall. Mold, mildew on ice machine baffle and inside of lid. Unmarked spray bottle. Make line cooler at 50 F; doors do not close, seal securely. Gaskets on make line doors not closing properly. Gaskets on makeline cooler have dried food debris, water, mold, mildew. Cabinets under counter in serving area need better cleaning. Grease container dripping on ground. Dumpster open. Three to four bags of trash in enclosure behind dumpster. Cove molding missing, loose in several areas. Hood vent system leaking grease.

Inspector: McDuffie

Aug. 27

Stevi B’s Pizza

1500 Browns Bridge Road, Suite 119, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth


Aug. 28

Garcia’s Take-Out

1421 Athens St., Gainesville

Score: 92, Grade: A

No original CFSM certification posted. Mop sink has not yet been installed. Dumpster missing drain plug. Covered baseboard needs to be sealed better to wall on right side of grill next to freezer and right side of toilet. Wall (concrete block) with prep shelf needs cleaning; food splatters.

Inspector: Wentworth

Sweetfire Lodge

1701 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 78, Grade: C

All hand sinks but one in dish washing area of kitchen without disposable towels at start of inspection. Slicer not cleaned properly after last use — dried food debris on blade cradle (all the way around), back of blade greasy. Rice, chowder in Alto-Sham for hot holding with holding temperature less than required 135 degrees, holding 126-128 degrees. Cook without proper hair restraint. Piece of china used to scoop flour from bulk container. Large condensate drip in meat storage half of walk-in cooler. Accumulation of water, food in cooler door gaskets.

Inspector: Wentworth

Aug. 31

Tori Clore’s Cafe

857 Bradford St., Gainesville

Score: 96, Grade: A

Moisture, food debris and grime accumulating under large cutting board on prep table. Top of board has deep cuts with food debris.

Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines

Chick-Fil-A, Longstreet

Lobby of Longstreet Clinic, Gainesville

Score: 91, Grade: A

Sausage biscuits held below 135 F.

Inspector: Hoffhines


400 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 98, Grade: A

Accumulation of dust along electrical cords above food prep counter and along walls throughout kitchen.

Inspector: Hoffhines


658 B Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville

Score: 75, Grade: C

Employee filling sanitizer bucket at hand sink, paper towel dispenser broken over hand sink. Five gallon bucket of alfredo sauce left uncovered in an ice bath overnight on the floor next to ice machine; ice melted. Mold, mildew of ice machine baffle. Five gallon bucket of alfredo sauce left in an ice bath overnight on the floor next to ice machine; ice melted, alfredo at 78 F. Most recent inspection report not posted. Disposable cups on floor in dry storage. Gaskets on some cooler drawers damaged. Warewasher shows no sanitizer, strips missing; warewasher leaking onto floor flooding kitchen. Mold, mildew on gaskets. One drain has a plastic bottle over drain pipe into floor drain. Warewasher draining onto floor. Grease container dripping on ground. Floors have water, trash, food, especially under equipment, storage.

Inspector: McDuffie

Sept. 1

Tropical Breeze Restaurant

5545 Atlanta Highway, Flowery Branch

Score: 93, Grade: A

All cloths must stay in sanitizer water in between uses and not laying on counters. Single service cups of floor in back storage area. Large three door cooler leaking water. Floors at floor/wall juncture behind, underneath equipment are dirty and need cleaned; walls need a good cleaning. Floors at floor/wall juncture behind, underneath equipment are dirty and need cleaning.

Inspector: Donna Black

Domino’s Pizza

4841 Hog Mountain Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 98, Grade: A

Repair damaged ceiling tiles in washer room and restroom. Repair damaged coved tile near walk in cooler and any other areas in kitchen. Lights are not working in restroom and washer room.

Inspector: Black

Riverside Pizza

859 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville

Score: 87, Grade: B

Energy drinks open in kitchen and one sitting in pizza pan. Can opener and other utensils with food residue. All shelves and pizza racks and other areas need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Floors need cleaning underneath equipment — floor tiles missing in walk in cooler showing bare concrete.

Inspector: Black

Sept. 2

Corner Cafe, Lula

6099 Lula Road, Suite 3, Lula

Score: 92, Grade: A

Pans being washed in greasy water without suds, being rinsed and stored on shelf without being sanitized — some other containers on shelf with residue. Floors greasy behind oven; tiles damaged under oven and dry storage area; covered baseboard pulling away from walls in kitchen and ladies restroom; holes in wall near back door and hand sink.

Inspector: Black

Chattahoochee Golf Club

301 Tommy Aaron Drive, Gainesville

Score: 98, Grade: A

Floors behind fryers with grease accumulation.

Inspector: Black

Sept. 3

Slade’s Catering

1547 Riverside Drive, Gainesville

Score: 87, Grade: B

Single hand sink in kitchen blocked with trays, trash can, etc. Pink slime mold and mold on ice maker baffle. Bowl of thousand island dressing prepped Aug. 27. Hood vent system has grease dripping, dust on all surfaces.

Inspector: McDuffie

Gainesville-Hall County Meals on Wheels

430 Prior St., Gainesville

Score: A, Grade: 100

Inspector: Black

Hall County Senior Center

434 Prior St., Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A

Clean dust off wall behind washer, dryer — clean floors underneath storage shelves in storage area.

Inspector: Black

Red Lobster No. 612

1707 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: McDuffie

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