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Kitchen inspections: Dec. 12-15
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Dec. 12-15 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.

DEC. 12

Oriental Express II
1703 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville
Score: 77, Grade: C
No paper towels available in the dispenser at the kitchen hand sink. A bulk bag of sugar was observed left open on the storage shelf below a prep table. The majority of ready-to-eat foods prepared in house were found with no date labels.

Papa John’s No. 2973
4605 Elk Ridge Court, Flowery Branch
Score: 100, Grade: A

Taco Bell No. 030345
1957 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 98, Grade: A

DEC. 13
Ashton Senior Living
1012 Enota Ave., Gainesville
Score: 92, Grade: A
An accumulation of slime and debris was found in tea urn nozzles and on the interior mouth of ice machine chute.

Captain D’s
410 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 90, Grade: A
A can of pickles found in the dry storage area was observed with dents/damage along its hermetic seal to where contents are potentially exposed to adulteration or contaminates.

Firehouse Subs
3650 Mundy Mill Road, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A

Monterrey Mexican Restaurant
5745 Old Winder Highway, Braselton
Score: 99, Grade: A

DEC. 14
Deli Max
150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A

The Olive Garden Italian Restaurant No. 1881
1175 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville
Score: 92, Grade: A
A kitchen staff member was observed tasting cooked hamburger from hotel pan by pinching some out of container with bare hand. The Ice machine was found with a buildup of mold around its inside ice chute.

Waffle House No. 1764
7415 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 95, Grade: A

DEC. 15
At The Tracks Restaurant
6009 Main Street, Lula
Score: 85, Grade: B
Chemical sanitizing dishmachine was found not dispensing sanitizer at its final rinse. Pulled pork prepared last Saturday was found without a date label in the three-door lowboy cooler.

Lanier Charter Career Academy Bakery
2719 Tumbling Creek Road, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A

Mama Ruth’s Kitchen
804 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville
Score: 99, Grade: A

Subway No. 57590
4347 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood
Score: 100, Grade: A