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Kitchen inspections, Aug. 15-20
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Aug. 15-20 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. 15

Coctererila Tampico

1708 Atlanta Highway

Score: 91, Grade: A

Hands being only rinsed off in three-compartment sink before cooking.

Inspector: Donna Black

Happy China

2458 Limestone Parkway

Score: 93, Grade: A

Slicer and grinder with food residue. Cutting boards being washed, rinsed, and not sanitized. Food containers containing egg rolls being lined with menus and brown paper bag. Several frozen shrimp boxes on floor in walk-in freezer.

Inspector: Black

Aug. 18

Oriental Garden

891 Dawsonville Highway

Score: 90, Grade: A

Foods stored in prep coolers need lids or type of cover. Black mold present above baffle in ice machine. Container of raw chicken stored above apples in cooler. Repeat violation: Cloths use to wipe food contact surfaces not being stored in sanitizer buckets between uses. Repeat violation: Ladle stored in standing water. Boxes stored on floor in back hallway.

Inspector: Lydia Hoffman

Riverside Pizza

859 Dawsonville Highway

Score: 86, Grade: B

Racks of wings and dough not covered in walk-in cooler. Bins holding utensils and equipment have grime and wet food residue collecting on bottom. Utensils like rolling pin, chopper blade, and lids to containers have accumulation of food debris. Inside of mixer bowl has food debris. No foods are date labeled. Repeat violation: Pizza boxes being stored on floor. Boxes stored on floor in back room. No test strips available for chlorine or quat ammonia sanitizers. Repeat violation: Dried food residue on scales and outside of mixer bowl. Dried food accumulating on lids and handles of bulk food containers. Gaskets on coolers beginning to collect food residue and crumbs. Need a lid on trash cans in both employee and public restrooms. Repeat violation: Lots of crumbs and debris along the floor/wall juncture in kitchen.

Inspector: Hoffman

Captain D’s

410 Pearl Nix Parkway

Score: 87, Grade: B

Cups in food prep area without lids. Pans of fish stored uncovered in reach-in cooler on cookline. Pink slime mold on baffle and black mold on the inner top of ice machine. Gloves kept on while rinsing hands to change task. Gaskets torn on coolers. Repeat violation: Shelves and sides of fryers on cook line and grills have an accumulation of food debris. Repeat violation: Area behind Coke dispenser at drive through has an accumulation of trash and debris, wall/ceiling juncture above three-compartment sink has mold and mildew. Lights above hood vent are not shielded. Lights in walk-in freezer need endcaps. Condenser in walk-in cooler has an accumulation of dust collecting on fans and beginning to collect on ceiling as well.

Inspector: Hoffman

Country House Restaurant

P.O. Box 337, 129 N. Cleveland Highway, Clermont

Score: 95, Grade: A

Cleaning cloths on counters and equipment. Some gaskets on make lines are damaged; gaskets have an accumulation of dried food. Floors have a buildup of food, dirt, etc., especially under equipment and shelving. Walls have a buildup of dust.

Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

Mr. Edd’s Pizza Plus

5205 Cleveland Highway, Clermont

Score: 94, Grade: A

Repeat violation: employees not wearing hair restraint. Gaskets on coolers are full of food debris; some are damaged. Fans in walk-in cooler covered with dust. Hood vent system has a heavy accumulation of dust.

Inspector: McDuffie

Firehouse Subs

333 Shallowford Road

Score: 95, Grade: A

Slicer not cleaned properly after last use; dried food debris on inside of cradle. Lids to Lexan containers all stacked wet after cleaning and sanitizing for storage.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Checker’s Drive In

943 Jesse Jewell Parkway

Score: 94, Grade: A

Hand sink used to dump garbage; hand sink usage is restricted to hand washing. Ice scoop stored handle down in ice bin. Grease container open. Floors have a heavy coating of grease.

Inspector: McDuffie


4930 Friendship Road, Buford

Score: 99, Grade: A

Gaskets on make-line coolers have food debris and mold/mildew.

Inspector: McDuffie

Taqueria La Fogata

5120C Thompson Bridge Road, Murrayville

Score: 91, Grade: A

Wiping cloths not being stored in sanitizer between uses. No paper towels available in restroom for proper drying of hands after washing hands. Fluorescent light in employee restroom barely lights the room. Bowl of half-eaten cereal on prep table. Washing slicer parts and cutting board in preparation sink.

Inspector: Wentworth

Biba’s Italian Restaurant

5783 Old Winder Highway,

Score: 83, Grade: B

Large amounts of foods not being stored covered. Slicer, knives, pans, tongs and other utensils with food residue. Prepared ready-to-eat foods not being labeled. Boxes of foods on floor in walk-in freezer; foods stored underneath leak in walk-in freezer. Walk-in freezer with condensate leak. Several cutting boards and pans melted. Microwaves, can rack, outside of mixers, insides of coolers and shelves with food residue. Floors and ceiling tiles need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Vent/hood over grill with grease/dust.

Inspector: Black


3630 Thompson Bridge Road

Score: 98, Grade: A

Cups, glasses, etc. being stored at handsink. Test strips missing for sanitizer.

Inspector: Black

Inman Perk Coffee

102 Washington St. NW

Score: 97, Grade: A

Cloths used to wipe food contact surfaces not being stored in sanitizer between uses; sanitizer level too low.

Inspector: Black

Aug. 19


995 Riverside Drive

Score: 76, Grade: C

Hand sink used for dumping garbage, no hand towels. Sink leaking onto floor. Drink nozzles have a heavy accumulation of mold and mildew. Ice machine baffle has mold/mildew. Make-line cooler struggling to maintain temperatures. Employee clothing, backpacks, etc. stored on bag-in-boxes for drink dispenser. Scoop for cheese stored with handle in cheese. Gaskets on make lines and upright are damaged and full of food debris. Dumpster open. Repeat violation: Plastic coating on floor has torn until one hole is nearly 4 square feet; water is moving under the flooring as much as 6 feet away from hole. Standing water pooled in damaged parts of floor. Hood vent system dripping grease.

Inspector: McDuffie


2310C Old Cornelia Highway

Score: 95, Grade: A

Employee drinks without lids. Cove tiling around three-compartment sink no longer attached.

Inspector: McDuffie

Noruta Japanese Restaurant

975 Dawsonville Highway, Suite 12

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Black

Long John Silvers

1281 Thompson Bridge Road

Score: 93, Grade: A

Scoops on shelf in dishwashing area with food residue, spatula/scoop used to scoop hush puppy mix into fryer with tea residue on spatula, tea nozzles all with buildup of mold inside nozzles. Commercial cooler/freezer unit in kitchen with damaged gaskets on both doors that keep doors from closing properly. Refrigerator half not maintaining required 41 degrees or less. Refrigerator unit with frozen evaporator and condensate leaking into this top unit. Crumbs accumulating under pass through shelf from hot-holding unit below. Dumpster missing drain plug. Floor with large accumulation of grease/food on floor around cook line, baseboard tiles missing or missing grout throughout kitchen.

Inspector: Wentworth

China Gourmet

150 Pearl Nix Parkway

Score: 86, Grade: B

Egg rolls in cooler with preparation date of Aug. 7 and Aug. 11. Bottle of Propel on stand with spices at cook line. Canned drink stored in ice bin. Tile baseboard behind cook line with large buildup of grease/food behind them that has forced tiles away from wall. Repeat violation: Water/food debris under ice machines. Small ice machine leaking water from underneath (another drain?) and water leaking inside motor cavity.

Inspector: Wentworth

Aug. 20

Golden Garden

150 Pearl Nix Parkway

Score: 88, Grade: B

Repeat violation: Six-door cooler and upright two-door cooler are out of temperature. Roaches seen on walls and floors.

Inspector: McDuffie

Family Cafe Chinese Restaurant

601 South Enota Drive

Score: 91, Grade: A

Dish machine not dispensing sanitizer. Can opener and holder, wire whisk with food residue. Egg rolls being stored in a cardboard box. Lap top set up on top of bag of rice and bulk flour container; other personal items on shelves with items for customers.

Inspector: Black

New China Buffet

250 John Morrow Parkway

Score: 77, Grade: C

Drink in plastic cup with straw sitting on food prep table. No paper towels available at hand sink and pan of food sitting in sink. Many pans and containers of food stored uncovered in walk-in cooler. No foods are date-labled. Cans of Raid and Windex stored on bottom shelf of prep table beside food and food containers. Repeat violation: Pan of meat stored on floor. No buckets set up have sanitizer registering on test strips. Canned food opened and food left in can after opening and stored in cooler or shelf. Lids and outsides of bulk food containers have grime and accumulation of dried food debris. Inside and outside of microwave has dried food residue. Repeat violation: food residue on floor of walk-in freezer. Roaches present all around warewashing machine area and under three-compartment sink.

Inspector: Hoffman

Golden Buddha

3715 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood

Score: 95, Grade: A

Foods must be date-labled after prepped if kept more than 24 hours. Wall at wall/floor juncture is beginning to rust and corrode away in dry storage and at warewashing machine.

Inspector: Hoffman

New Horizons North

2020 Beverly Road NE

Score: 96, Grade: A

No paper towels available at handsink located beside three-compartment sink.

Inspector: Hoffman

Chef Wang Chinese Restaurant

275 Pearl Nix Parkway

Score: 91, Grade: A

Foods not being stored covered in make-line cooler. Greens being prepared/washed in three-compartment sink. Bowls being used as scoops in food products. Cloths used to wipe food contact surfaces not being stored in sanitizer. Scoops being stored in standing water and underneath handsink.

Inspector: Black


Sweet Magnolias

118 Main Street SW, Suite 10

Score: 95, Grade: A

Not all prepared ready-to-eat foods being labeled with a seven-day expiration date. Debris on floor in walk-in freezer. Small amount of food residue on walls next to grill. Light not shielded over grill area.

Inspector: Black

Megan Gill


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