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Kitchen inspections, Dec. 12-31
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Dec. 12-31 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.

Dec. 12

Tropical Breeze Restaurant

5545 Atlanta Hwy, Flowery Branch

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Donna Black

Dec. 15

The Collegiate Grill

220 Main Street, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

Lakehouse Bar & Grille

5466 McEver Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Dec. 17

Subway Thompson Bridge Road

3630 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 97, Grade: A

Cloths storage bucket with no sanitizer and water dirty.

Inspector: Black

Free Chapel Worship Center

3001 McEver Road, Gainesville

Score: 95, Grade: A

Dishmachine final rinse temperature 150 degrees. Final rinse gauge needs repairing. Trash bags laying behind dumpster on ground. Jackets, hats, etc. in areas next to kitchenware and hanging on equipment.

Inspector: Black

Dec. 18

Gourmet Services at Gainesville College

3820 Mundy Mill Road, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Black

Dec. 19

Biscuit Shop

1724 Parkhill Place, Gainesville

Score: 80, Grade: B

Hands not being washed between glove changes where raw products are handled with gloves and then new pair of gloves is put on to handle ready-to-eat foods. Repeat violation: no consumer advisory posted for eggs cooked to order. Cracking new batch of eggs for grill that were then mized with the rest of the last batch in pitcher. Repeat violation: grease container still with grease spilled down front of container and kitty litter used to soak up spills on concrete not cleaned up. Tin can used as biscuit cutter. Floors still need better cleaning under equipment. Fluorescent light tubes have been cleaned, but fluorescent lights over 3-compartment sink (both lights) are missing the endcaps.

Inspector: Wentworth

El Antojito

1714 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville

Score: 96, Grade: A

Contact paper in drawers of cabinet unit (indoor concession) peeling making the inside of drawer no longer durable and easily cleanable. Floor needs cleaning behind cabinets unit indoor concession. Coved baseboard needs to be resealed throughout indoor concession. There is a gap between tile floor and coved baseboard under shelving indoor concession. Knives used at outdoor concession being stored in sanitizer.

Inspector: Wentworth

El Sombrero No. 9

601 South Enota Drive, Gainesville

Score: 92, Grade: A

Foods uncovered in storage. Soda dispensers have mold/mildew. Storage on floor. Grease recycling containers have a build up of grease on other surfaces.

Inspector: McDuffie

Dec. 22

Chef Wang V

4995 E Friendship Road, Buford

Score: 82, Grade: B

Repeat violation: foods stored unconvered in coolers. Repeat violation: no sanitizer registering on test strips for dish sink, dishes not being sanitized after rinsing. Raw fish stored beside cabbage, oranges stored beside raw eggs. Raw meat prepped in mopsink on pan. Cloths used for wiping down countertops and surfaces left out. Repeat violation: rice ladle stored in room temperature water. Racks, gaskets, and bottoms of coolers need better and more frequently cleaning. Floors and walls need better and more frequent cleaning. keep employee belongings in designated areas. Employees cannot eat in food prep areas, consume food in designated areas only.

Inspector: Lydia Hoffman


4977 Friendship Road, Buford

Score: 96, Grade: A

Sanitizer bucket has no sanitizer registering on test strips. Accumulation of dirt and debris under storage shelves and along floor/wall juncture and hot water heater in hallway.

Inspector: Hoffman


4810 Golden Parkway, Buford

Score: 78, Grade: C

Employees rapidly washing hands or skip washing hands between tasks that contaminate hands. Sanitizer disconnected and not dispensing at warewashing machine. Ice scoop holder has grime and food residue build-up. Thermometers broken or missing in multiple coolers. Employees must have hat or hairnet to restrain hair when working in food prep areas. Repeat violation: no sanitizer registering on test strips for buckets and some cloths left out between uses. No inspection posted in drive-thru window. Bathrooms need paper towels if exiting requires touching a handle or knob. Dumpster has cracked and missing lids. Lights in WI cooler and freezer must be shielded or shatterproof.

Inspector: Hoffman

Dec. 23

Comfort Inn & Suites

4591 Bristal Industrial Way, Buford

Score: 93, Grade: A

Dishes not being sanitized after rinsing. Raw eggs stored above ready to eat foods.

Inspector: Black

Hall County Jail

1700 Barber Road, Gainesville

Score: 97, Grade: A

Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses: used cloths in drawer, on equipment.

Inspector: McDuffie

Ming’s Buffet

150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 92, Grade: A

Hand sink not supplied with paper towels. Employees washing hands at prep sink. Shrimp thawing in sink; shrimp and beef roasts thawing on counter. Thermometers missing/not visible in some coolers. Employee restroom needs cleaning and a covered waste container.

Inspector: McDuffie

Dec. 29


1002 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 93, Grade: A

Employee using a cloth rinsed out in sink to wipe counters. Greasy cardboard used on shelves. Sanitizer level not detectable in sanitizer sink; sanitizer strips not available to test sanitizer levels. Dumpster open - dumpster surfaces damaged, may be leaking. Repeat violation: floors throughout kitchen and walk in cooler and freezer have a heavy accumulation of food, water, and trash, especially under storage and rink bag-in-box area where cove tiling is missing or broken. Unshielded light bulb in walk in cooler.

Inspector: McDuffie


7000 Holiday Road, Buford

Score: 96, Grade: A

Use sinks for designated purposes. Sanitizer not reaching minimum amount of required concentration in sanitizer buckets. Ice scoops must be stored on a clean food contact surface, do not place on top of dusty ice machine. In use utensils at cook line cannot be stored in standing water.

Inspector: Hoffman

The Inn Between Deli

965 Riverside Drive, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: McDuffie

Dec. 30


3405 Atlanta Highway, Flowery Branch

Score: 94, Grade: A

Soda dispenser nozzles on all four soda machines have an accumulation of mold and mildew. Both dumpsters open. Repeat violation: floors have an accumulation of dirt, water, etc.

Inspector: McDuffie

University Yacht Club

6649 Yacht Club Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 97, Grade: A

Repeat violation: gaskets on make line coolers are heavily damaged. Floors under equipment and shelving have an accumulation of water, mold/mildew, etc. especially at the floor/wall juncture.

Inspector: McDuffie

Dec. 31

The Shake Shop

1435 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Wentworth

Megan Gill

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