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Kitchen Inspections
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Aug. 1-7 by the Hall County Environmental Health Department. Food service establishments are 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 are conducted based on risk categorization. The risk type is 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 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. Establishments with drive-thru 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 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. 1

American Deli

3885 Mundy Mill Road, Suite 109, Oakwood

Score: 66, Grade: U

Raw beef patties stored in reach-in cooler next to ready-to-eat items like cheese and lettuce. Raw fish and raw ground beef stored on shelf above broccoli and bell peppers in walk-in cooler. Mold, mildew in ice maker. Food debris on meat slicer. Cooked chicken wings being hot held in fryer basket over fryer. Temped at 115 degrees F. Items prepared on-site and in opened packages held over 24 hours not being date-marked. Unlabeled bottles of cleaning chemicals on racks above vegetable sink. Unlabeled bottles, Raid, and cleaning sponges stored on wire rack above vegetable sink. Tongs being stored in standing water only on prep table.

Inspector: Jennifer Wren


Dairy Queen at Shallowford Road

300 Shallowford Road, Gainesville

Score: 91, Grade: A

Ice machine baffle, walls and chute had mold, mildew. Clean and sanitize frequently. Employees preparing food and wearing bracelets.

Inspector: Wren


Murrayville Pharmacy

4304 Thompson Bridge Road, Murrayville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Wren


Raspados El Puesto LLC

3114 Legacy Glen Path, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Wren


Aug. 4

Checkers Drive-In Restaurant

943 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 84, Grade: B

Chicken pieces and Philly cheesesteak in pans inside pan of hot water hot holding on flattop grill with temperatures of 114F-118F. Vegetable slicer mounted on drainboard next to sanitizer compartment at three-compartment sink. Employees restroom needs a covered trash receptacle — get a lid for current trash container or replace with lidded container. Grease container that is apparently no longer in use (“new” one in dumpster enclosure) is full of grease, trash and grease is on ground around container. Employee’s purse on shelf with food storage in cook area.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth


Coffee Shop at Lawrence Pharmacy

631 Broad St., Gainesville

Score: 98, Grade: A

Shelves underneath counters, prep areas with residue. Fan in floor with residue. Floors underneath/beside grill and throughout kitchen with grease, residue buildup.

Inspector: Donna Black


Domino’s Pizza No. 3572

4841 Hog Mountain Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Wren


El Sombrero No. 3

1792 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 90, Grade: A

Crate of raw eggs stored on top of ready-to-eat foods. bar coolers, prep cooler next to grill with water pooled in bottom and cloths being used to soak up water.

Inspector: Black


International House of Pancakes No. 4409

430 Jesse Jewell Parkway SW, Gainesville

Score: 97, Grade: A

Cloths used to wipe food contact surfaces laying on prep surfaces in kitchen.

Inspector: Black


Subway No. 24720

4977 Friendship Road, Buford

Score: 89, Grade: B

Cold-holding unit with meat and cheese not keeping food at 41 degrees or below.

Inspector: Wren


Rabbit Town Cafe

2415 Old Cornelia Highway, Suite E, Gainesville

Score: 97, Grade: A

Pipe in walk-in cooler dripping water at a steady rate. Floors behind grill area and underneath equipment with residue — walls at dish area with debris.

Inspector: Black


Aug. 5

Chicopee Woods Golf Course

2515 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Wren


Dairy Queen at Frontage Road

3156 Frontage Road, Gainesville

Score: 90, Grade: A

Tomato slicer and can opener with food debris. Ice maker with mold, mildew behind baffle. Leak from vent in walk-in freezer has caused ice to form on boxes of food. Food may not be stored under source of leaking water. Two employees handling food and wearing bracelets. Food handlers may only wear a plain band ring. Handles of coolers and equipment with grease and food debris. Floors underneath equipment, walls behind prep tables and grill/fryer with food residue. No place for soiled or wet mops to hang and air dry.

Inspector: Wren


Krystal-ATLF 18

3470 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood

Score: 93, Grade: A

Consumer advisory not posted on drive-thru menu board where shell eggs are offered “cooked to order.” Current inspection not posted. Shelving above three-compartment sink for the storage of clean and sanitized kitchenware/utensils with accumulation of grease and dust.

Inspector: Wentworth


Waffle House No. 1554

4770 Friendship Road, Buford

Score: 99, Grade: A

Evaporator fans in walk-in cooler and cooler next to grill with debris. Gaskets around coolers with debris.

Inspector: Black


Waffle House No. 1764

7415 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 94, Grade: A

Cloths used to wipe food contact surfaces not in sanitizer. Containers holding sanitizer with holes in bottom of pans. Floors underneath cook area, three-compartment sink, walk-in cooler with debris. Walls at three-compartment sink area with debris.

Inspector: Black


Aug. 6

Shogun Japanese Steak House

5585 Spout Springs Road, Suite A401, Flowery Branch

Score: 91, Grade: A

Cup on prep table as an employee drink and not in proper container. Hand sink full of pans and food residue. Shelves lined with cloths throughout kitchen — soy sauce buckets being used as holders for pans. Area around dumpster and grease container with grease spilled onto ground.

Inspector: Black


Sonic Drive-in

3415 Atlanta Highway, Flowery Branch

Score: 87, Grade: B

Observed food handler change gloves before moving to next task without washing hands. Mold, mildew on baffle and behind baffle in ice machine.

Inspector: Wren


Taqueria El Comarada

1706 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville

Score: 87, Grade: B

No consumer advisory on menu for oysters offered raw and ceviche (raw fish). Potentially hazardous foods prepared on-site — refried beans, flan tamales, menudo — and held over 24 hours must be labeled with day of preparation and day to be used or discarded by, which is seven days. Pork prepared July 29 stored in glass front cooler past seven-day use or discard by date. Cook with gloves took raw chicken out of container to put on grill and then with same gloves reached into container of cooked pork to portion out some for grill.

Inspector: Wentworth


The Inn Between Deli

965 Riverside Drive, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Black 

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