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Kitchen inspections, Aug. 27-Sept. 4
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Aug. 22-27 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.

To register a complaint against a food service establishment, contact the Hall County Environmental Health Department at 770-531-3973.

Aug. 27

Roscoe’s BBQ & Sports Grill

420 Wall St. SE, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth


Waffle House No. 1688

2880 Browns Bridge Road SW, Gainesville

Score: 96, Grade: A

Rings, bracelets worn by employees. Cooler underneath cold line area with water pooling in bottom.

Inspector: Donna Black


Domino’s Pizza No. 5752

2550 Limestone Parkway A, Gainesville

Score: 93, Grade: A

Personal beverage bottles stored on shelves with food in walk-in cooler, coffee cup sitting on prep table in kitchen. Hot water at both hand sinks in kitchen temped from 94-95 F.

Inspector: Jennifer Wren


Aug. 28

Biba’s Italian Restaurant

7338 Spout Springs Road, Suite 18 and 19, Flowery Branch

Score: 96, Grade: A

Dish machine not dispensing sanitizer.

Inspector: Black


Burger and Shake No. 6

3630 Thompson Bridge Road Suite 14, Gainesville

Score: 87, Grade: B

Raw eggs stored over ready-to-eat foods in cooler and raw hamburger patties stored directly next to uncovered lettuce, tomatoes in prep cooler. Medications stored throughout kitchen next to foods, clean utensils.

Inspector: Black


McDonald’s Restaurant No. 27164

2105 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 89, Grade: B

AutoChlor chemical sanitizing ware-washing machine not reaching concentration necessary for sanitizing dishes, even after priming. Inside of dish machine with food debris that could be preventing concentration from reaching required level. Food handler wearing gloves added a second pair before putting raw beef patties on grill, and took off outer pair of gloves before handling buns and ready-to-eat chicken nuggets. Outside of ware-washing machine with food debris and grease. Both hand washing sinks in kitchen not reaching required 100 degrees. Temped at 81-87 degrees. Flies in kitchen and dining area. Fly fan at back door not preventing flies from entering back door which was propped open.

Inspector: Wren


Monterrey Mexican Restaurant

5745 Old Winder Highway, Braselton

Score: 90, Grade: A

Raw chicken stored above whole intact raw beef and pork in walk-in cooler. Clean utensils stored with handles down.

Inspector: Wren


Old McDonald’s Bar-B-Q

5774 Holiday Road, Buford

Score: 95, Grade: A

Sanitizing solution in sanitizing bucket was above the specified concentration. Under the three-compartment sink there is a gap between the baseboards and the wall. This gap needs to be sealed.

Inspector: Erin Kincaid


Aug. 29

El Taco Veloz No. 3

950 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 89, Grade: B

Cold holding, prep cooler with hot dogs, temped at 54 degrees F; tamales made on Aug. 27 temped, at 49 F; and shell eggs, temped at 45 F, was not keeping foods at 41 F or less.

Inspector: Wren


Guest House Inn and Suites

520 Queen City Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 96, Grade: A

No paper towels at hand sink in kitchen.

Inspector: Black


Hampton Inn

450 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 96, Grade: A

No paper towels at hand sink or in entire kitchen.

Inspector: Black


Sept. 2

Fuji Hibachi Express

229 E.E. Butler Parkway, Suite 500, Gainesville

Score: 94, Grade: A

Knives and peelers with food residue stored.

Inspector: Black


Little Caesars No. 1592-0005

229 E.E. Butler Parkway, Suite 400

Score: 99, Grade: A

Floor tiles in back underneath three-compartment sink pulling up off floor and water pooling underneath tiles.

Inspector: Black


Little Caesars No. 1592-1

2159 Browns Bridge Road, Suite 101, Gainesville

Score: 87, Grade: B

No paper towels at hand sink in back of kitchen. All hand sinks with food and debris accumulation in sink and handles. Pans, containers, scoops, chopper and other various utensils with food debris. Prep coolers and walk in cooler with gaskets damaged and torn. Shelves throughout entire kitchen including in walk in cooler, floor mixer, door tracks to Coke cooler, evaporator fan in walk in cooler and carts with food residue. Floors and walls with food residue.

Inspector: Black


Waffle House No. 1865

5536 McEver Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 90, Grade: A

Shell eggs above grill not labeled with a discard time. Shelves with dust, debris and spider webs.

Inspector: Black


Sept. 3

Papa Jack’s Country Kitchen

7437 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 87, Grade: B

Multiple food items (fried chicken legs, breasts, livers) were not being hot held at the required temperature of 135 degrees F. Temperatures ranged from 108-123 degrees and were found on the hot serving line and in the hot holding cabinet. Two employees handling food were not wearing any kind of hair restraint. Did not have test strips for chemical sanitizing dish machine. Racks in walk-in cooler with dust and food debris accumulation.

Inspector: Wren


Pupuseria El Guanaco Mexican Grill

3616 Atlanta Highway, Flowery Branch

Score: 91, Grade: A

Cooked sauce (salsa) cooling in walk-in in a full 5-gallon container. This container does not allow for rapid cooling as required. Condensation from the evaporator cooler was dripping onto loosely bagged celery and cilantro. Posted score was from the inspection prior to the last inspection. Grill utensils being stored in standing water. Cooler evaporator making condensation.

Inspector: Kincaid


The Bright Spot

743 Spring St., Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Wren


Sept. 4

Anastasia’s Tea Room

109 Washington St. SW, Gainesville

Score: 97, Grade: A

Whole gallon milk, pasta salads with expired dates from Aug. 19-Sept. 1.

Inspector: Black


China Wok

1015 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 83, Grade: B

Pan of chicken sitting under grill left uncovered. Food prepared on site and kept for more than 24 hours was not date-marked. Raw frozen chicken skewers sitting in pan underneath grill to thaw. Boxes of food on floor in walk-in freezer and cooler. Soiled wiping cloths hanging on side of handwashing sink and sitting on prep table. Gaskets with food debris on all coolers, racks in walk-in cooler with accumulation of food and dust.

Inspector: Wren



5458 McEver Road C-4, Flowery Branch

Score: 92, Grade: A

Hand sink in prep area blocked by cart with dishes, rendering the sink inaccessible. Meat slicer with food debris, must be cleaned more frequently to prevent contamination of food.

Inspector: Wren


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