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Kitchen inspections, Dec. 4-9
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Dec. 1-10 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.

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

Dec. 4

New Holland Elementary

170 Barnes St., Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Donna Black

Gainesville Middle School

1581 Community Way, Gainesville

Score: 96, Grade: A

Scoops, tongs, mixer bowl with food residue.

Inspector: Black

Dec. 7

Taqueria Don Raul

1870 Atlanta Highway, Suite A, Gainesville

Score: 83, Grade: B

No CFSM on staff. Soap must be used when washing hands. Must maintain no bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods. Employees cannot touch cooked foods when plating. Store onions at least 6 inches off the ground. Use sanitizer to wipe dinning tables. Do not wash meat in veggie sink. Pans stacked wetnested. Do not reuse containers designed to be used only once.

Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines


2415 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 97, Grade: A

Some gaskets torn. Some gaskets have food debris, etc. Employee restrooms need detailed cleaning. Dumpster open, grease container dripping. Floors need better cleaning, especially under shelving equipment, etc. Light out in employees’ ladies room.

Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

Waffle House No. 1865

5536 McEver Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 83, Grade: B

Omelet cup stored for use with food residue inside. Pints of milk and one gallon of milk in front coolers for sale, use that were past the use-by date. Employees coats on prep table in back room; employee’s purse on drain board of 3-comp sink. Cook washing hands and drying hands on apron before putting on gloves.

Inspector: Wentworth


1240 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: McDuffie

Atlanta Bread Company

944 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville

Score: 90, Grade: A

Tea spouts, bread baskets, utensils with food residue. Cups being rinsed off at hand sink to be used again. Boxes of foods on floor in walk-in freezer. Cloths not in sanitizer. Hole in wall next to prep sink needs repaired. Walk in freezer floor pulling apart at seams.

Inspector: Black

Lakeview Academy

796 Lakeview Drive, Gainesville

Score: 87, Grade: B

Chicken sandwiches in hot box reheating — temp 89 degrees — use oven to reheat and not hot box. Floors behind ovens with food debris and dead insects — floors in walk-in cooler with debris. Hats, aprons, stored with items for kitchen. Fly strip paper hanging throughout kitchen.

Inspector: Black

Flowery Branch High School

5544 Radford Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 95, Grade: A

Sanitizer solution with a good bit of food debris floating in bucket. Electrical outlet box has pulled away from wall.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Dec. 8

El Sombrero No. 1

1435 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 80, Grade: B

Hand sink blocked with wet towels. Chip baskets stored with food debris; ice scoop in ice bin with handle in ice — keep scoop in ice with handle up or keep outside of ice bin altogether. Foods in walk-in cooler out of temperature. Refried beans prepped at 10 a.m. above 70 degrees F after four hours in cooler. Pans, utensils, etc. stored wet.

Inspector: McDuffie

Dairy Queen

951 Green St., Gainesville

Score: 71, Grade: C

Soap dispenser at hand sink in back kitchen broken and soap inaccessible. Containers used to hold soft serve not properly washed, rinsed, sanitized or air-dried prior to storage or use. Containers, lids, etc., with food debris and residue. Ham container placed on ice and not below 41 degrees F. Pesticide sprayer dispensers above kitchen entry and in food prep area in kitchen. Walk-in freezer making condensate on top of food containers. Nonfood contact surfaces have food residue and grease. Women’s restroom toilet not in working order, causing smell in restroom hallway. Grill food system needs thorough cleaning because of grease accumulation. Grease dripping. Floors all the way to floor/wall juncture beneath grill, in walk-in cooler, behind water heater, etc., need thorough cleaning. Hole in corner behind water heater needs to be properly sealed. Table near ice machine needs repaired, replaced due to deteriorating and absorbing water. Hatch above walk-in freeze and some vents need sealing and cleaned free of dust.

Inspector: Finch


3630 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 98, Grade: A

Condensate leak in reach-in freezer. Tops to dumpster are both broken.

Inspector: Black

Johnny’s New York Style Pizza and Subs

104 Carrington Park, Suite E, Gainesville

Score: 90, Grade: A

Cook handling cooked pizzas with bare hands. Tops to make-line coolers stored on floor.

Inspector: Black

Noruta Japanese Restaurant

975 Dawsonville Highway, Suite 12, Gainesville

Score: 86, Grade: B

Rice hot holding at 89 degrees. Newspapers, cloths, paper being used to wrap foods in cooler. Debris in sanitizer water and sanitizer too low. Tools, papers, etc. on shelves with items used for customer.

Inspector: Black

Chicopee Woods Elementary School

2029 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A

Both gaskets on bottom doors of used cold pass through are ripped along the top. Freezer evap. Drain with leak — frozen precipitate. No storage under. Evaporator for covers and ceiling in front of evaporator with accumulation of dust in walk-in cooler.

Inspector: Wentworth

Hall County Correctional Institution

1685 Barber Road, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Wentworth

Spout Springs Elementary

6640 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 99, Grade: A

Last dumpster farthest from door has several rusted through spots along side. Coats piled up on table next to slicer.

Inspector: Wentworth

Brad’s Grill

528 Bradford St., S.W., Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A

Gaskets on double door need replacing. Gaskets have food debris.

Inspector: McDuffie

Dec. 9

Golden Buddha

2283 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 87, Grade: B

Pans, trays with food debris. Chemicals, insulation stored on top and beside foods. Single serve plates on floors, washing single serve spoons. Floors with pooled water in water heater and storage room. Walls with food splatter and moldy with paint peeling at dish machine area.

Inspector: Black

Taqueria el Mirador No. 4

2275 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 96, Grade: A

Food service establishments were required to have a CFSM on staff by Dec. 1, 2009.

Inspector: McDuffie

Riverbend Elementary

1742 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville

Score: 90, Grade: A

Employee with on gloved hand transferring turkey from sheet pan to serving pan touching some of the turkey with ungloved hand and this pan just put out on serving line. Wall behind dish machine badly damaged, peeling. Flour behind dish machine with accumulation of paint peelings behind waterline on floor at floor/wall juncture.

Inspector: Wentworth

Jennifer Messer

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