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Kitchen Inspections Dec. 28 - Jan. 4
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Dec. 28 to Jan. 4 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. 28

Waffle House No. 1688

2880 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 75, Grade: C

A rack of raw shell eggs were observed being stored above an open container of chopped onions on the bottom of two door cooler. The sanitizing dish machine was not able to reach the required 160F internal final rinse temperature. Unpackaged slices of ham were found laying directly on another package of ham.


DEC. 29

Lanier Lodge

Assisted Living And

Memory Care 

2601 Thompson Bridge Road NW, Gainesville

Score: 92, Grade: A

The slicer blade was found with a buildup of food debris and grease from its last use. Dumpster on right side of enclosure had a damaged plug, part of the plug was missing so that the drain was not entirely plugged.


JAN. 3

Great American Cookies

150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A


O’Charley’s No. 256

1711 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 98, Grade: A


Subway No. 5545

3208 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville

Score: 95, Grade: A


Waffle House No. 1211

4395 Cornelia Highway, Lula

Score: 98, Grade: A


JAN. 4


Nursing Center

4595 Cantrell Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 88, Grade: B

Open bags of uncooked chicken stored above prepared ready to eat bread and ham in walk-in freeze. Screws on oven doors were found to be falling out so that the door would not shut properly. Floors throughout kitchen, in dish area and storage areas found with a heavy buildup of debris.

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