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Kitchen Inspections: April 1-April 9
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from April 1-9 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.

April 1

Wendy’s Restaurant No. 20

3652 Wallis Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Erin Kincaid


April 3

Oxton Place of Gainesville

2030 Windward Lane, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Donna Black


April 6

Brandon’s Cafe

and Catering

2052 Candler Road

Suite 5, Gainesville

Score: 90, Grade: A

Potentially hazardous ready-to-eat foods (rice, beans, hot dogs and cooked beef) in two-door upright cooler without dated labels. All potentially hazardous ready-to-eat foods that are prepared and held or are commercially processed and opened that are held for more than 24 hours must have a date label. The date label must contain a discard date of no more than seven days, with day one being the day the food was prepared or the container was opened. Raw meat submerged in water in three-compartment sink. Food shall be thawed: under refrigeration, completely submerged under running water that has a temperature of less than 70 F, as part of the cooking process, or in a microwave if it is to be cooked immediately. Food handlers not wearing hair restraints at beginning of inspections; food handlers must wear hair restraints.

Inspector: Kincaid

 Fajitas Mexican Restaurant

1210 Thompson Bridge Road

Suite F, Gainesville

Score: 97, Grade: A

Food handlers not wearing hair restraint; a hat or hairnet must be worn when working with food.

Inspector: Black

 Subway No. 21732

203 B E.E. Butler Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Black


The Oaks at Braselton

5373 Thompsons Mill Road, Hoschton

Score: 88, Grade: B

Raw ground beef being stored above raw pork loin; raw animal products must be stored according to minimum internal cook temperatures, with ready-to-eat foods on top. Most recent inspection score not posted; last inspection was Oct. 30, 2014. Inspection posted from Jan. 28, 2014. Most recent inspection must be posted for public view.

Inspector: Kincaid


The Twisted Oar

6900 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford

Score: 97, Grade: A

No hand washing sinks were supplied with hot water. Self-closers must be fixed on both restroom doors; toilet rooms must have self-closing doors.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth


April 7

Arby’s No. 5421

3652 Mundy Mill Road, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Kincaid


Deli Max

150 Pearl Nix Parkway,

Suite B-10, Gainesville

Score: 89, Grade: B

Raw meats (chicken and beef) stored above ready-to-eat foods (mushrooms, green peppers, mayo) in homestyle refrigerator. Raw chicken stored on top of raw ground beef in walk-in cooler. Raw animal products must be stored according to internal cooking temperatures and below ready-to-eat items.

Inspector: Kincaid


Eat At Thai

975 Dawsonville Highway Suite 7, Gainesville

Score: 96, Grade: A

Food handlers not wearing hair restraint; all food employees must wear a hat or hairnet. Walls at grill area found with grease and food residue. Floors behind grill, underneath coolers and other equipment with grease and food residue; clean all walls and floors and keep clean.

Inspector: Black


Waffle House No. 2120

2555 Limestone Parkway NE, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Wentworth



3446 Winder Highway,

Flowery Branch

Score: 95, Grade: A

Cooked crab rangoons sitting directly on top of egg carton so that foods will drain; these cartons are to be thrown away after using eggs and not to be used for foods as this could contaminate foods. Prep sink still with residue and grease in sink; clean sink and keep clean. Shelves, outsides of bulk containers with food residue; clean all items and areas and keep clean.

Inspector: Black


April 8

Lettuce Talk

833 Dawsonville Highway

Suite 210, Gainesville

Score: 90, Grade: A

Half eaten sandwich on prep table in kitchen. Employees shall consume food in designated areas away from food prep and storage, utensil handling and single-serve or single-use article and linen storage areas. Individual containers of in house made alfredo and cheese sauce past seven-day expiration date, alfredo April 1, cheese sauce March 31. Day of preparation is first day of seven days and use or discard by seventh day. Most current inspection not posted, opening inspection still posted; the most current inspection must be posted in public view. Heavy buildup of dust found on diffusers in ceiling over soup area in kitchen. To prevent dust from falling onto food and food contact surfaces, clean diffusers frequently to prevent buildup.

Inspector: Wentworth


Pizza Hut-Browns Bridge

1501 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A

Employee items (purses and jackets) on top of single service items underneath front counter; must store employee items so that food, equipment, and single-service items are protected from contamination.

Inspector: Kincaid


Restaurante Y Pupuseria Salvadorena

1870 Atlanta Highway Suite A, Gainesville

Score: 83, Grade: B

No certified food safety manager; each food service establishment shall have at least one certified food safety manager on staff within 90 days of being permitted. Two-door cooler holding foods brought from walk-in and two-door glass cooler above required 41 F or below: yogurt (55 F) and cooked yucca (57 F). PIC states cooler is stocked in the morning with items from two-door glass cooler in dining area or from the walk-in. Ambient temperature ranged from 57-77 F during inspection. No test strips available for sanitizing compartment of three-compartment sink; a sanitizing test kit must be available to ensure proper concentrations of sanitizer are being used.

Inspector: Kincaid


The Biscuit Shoppe

1704 Cleveland Highway NE, Gainesville

Score: 81, Grade: B

No Certified Food Safety Manger on staff. Pint of milk left out on tray with sugar and stirring straws for customers to fix their own coffee with temperature of 61 F degrees. Shredded cheese and cheese slices on ice on prep table with temperatures 42 F-65 F degrees. Potentially hazardous foods must be held at 41 F or below. Either store more efficiently with ice (less product down in the container of ice) and monitor temperatures to insure 41 F degrees or below or use Time as a Public Health Control. Boxes of single-service items (cups and lids) sitting on floor under front counter. Single-service items must be stored 6 inches off floor to protect from any possible contamination and to allow for easy cleaning underneath. Quat test strips not available to check level of quat sanitizer used in cloth storage containers for sanitizing cloths and sanitizer compartment at three-compartment sink. Grease spilled on ground in front of grease container and over front of grease container. To prevent possible insect and rodent attraction, keep this area free of grease spills.

Inspector: Wentworth


The Oaks Miniature Golf, LLC

3709 Whiting Road, Gainesville

Score: 94, Grade: A

Current certified food safety manager certificate expired Dec. 2, 2014. Personal items stored with items for customer-keep all personal items in a separate designated area away from customer items.

Inspector: Black


April 9

Branch House Tavern

5466 McEver Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 91, Grade: A

Foods such as tomatoes, cheese, slaw, ham, turkey, chicken, chicken wings and brisket were found in prep cooler at grill with temperatures ranging from 52-58 degrees; foods had been in cooler overnight.

Inspector: Black


Lazy Bear BBQ

3008 McEver Road, Gainesville

Score: 85, Grade: B

Shelled eggs found in container on top of ice at prep table not holding at required 41 degrees or below. Keep less out for service or sink container further in ice to help keep all eggs at required 41 F or below. Brunswick stew in steam unit with temperatures ranging from 113 F to 122 F. Potentially hazardous foods to be held hot for service must be held at 135 F or above. Spray bottle of chlorine sanitizer for sanitizing dining tables found with level of well above 200 ppm limit for chlorine. Keep level 50-100 ppm on provided test strips. Area under table top fryers and sides of fryers with accumulation of grease and food debris that needs to be cleaned more frequently than every other week if that much can accumulate in that time frame. If not cleaned frequently enough, accumulations of grease and food can be attraction for insects and rodents. Floors need a good cleaning under equipment and especially at floor and wall junctures where there is an accumulation of food, grease and dirt. More frequent and detail cleaning in necessary to preclude accumulations of food, grease and dirt that can be attraction for insects and rodents. Several ceiling panels need to be replaced and ceiling panels need to be cleaned in cook area of kitchen, dust accumulation that can fall onto food and food contact surfaces.

Inspector: Wentworth


Mama-Ruth’s Kitchen

804 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville

Score: 90, Grade: A

Raw foods such as chicken, beef, eggs stacked and stored on top of or next to and over ready-to-eat foods in coolers; raw foods must be underneath ready-to-eat foods and stacked according to internal cook temperature. Floor found with grease residue underneath grill area and at floor and wall junctures; clean floors and keep clean.

Inspector: Black


Senor Fiesta

4110 Cleveland Highway

Suite A-B, Gainesville

Score: 86, Grade: B

Two-door reach in cooler holding potentially hazardous foods at 44-47 F. Ambient temperature ranged from 44-50 F. Potentially hazardous foods must be held at 41 F or below. Most recent inspection report was blocked by sign. Old inspection report from May 8, 2013 prominently displayed; the most current inspection report must be prominently displayed in public view at all times. Left Dumpster missing drain plug; a drain plug must be in place. Left dumpster missing lids; Dumpster must be kept covered with tight-fitting lids and doors to prevent the entrance of rodents and insects. Hand sink in kitchen leaking with water pooling on floor. Many flies observed in kitchen. Minimize the presence of insects by routinely inspecting incoming shipments of foods and supplies and using trapping devices. Additionally, quickly remove trash from the facility and take to the dumpster.

Inspector: Kincaid

Elise Perkins

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