By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Kitchen inspections Dec. 5-9
Placeholder Image

The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Dec. 5-9 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. 5

Chick-Fil-A No.3548

805 Dawsonville Highway NW, Gainesville

Score: 97, Grade: A


China Wok

1015 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 92, Grade: A

The potato slicer, can opener and bulk containers storing dry goods were observed with a heavy build-up of grease and food residue. Upon beginning the inspection, frozen beef was observed left out on counter overnight to thaw.


El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant

1830 Atlanta Road, Gainesville

Score: 82, Grade: B

Stacked pans and containers on clean utensil shelf were observed with visible debris and greasy residue. No sanitizer registered on test strips when touched to water on the pans stacked in the sanitizing sink or sides/bottom of sink to air dry. Cooked octopus, ceviche, chile rellenos, pepper and onion mix and a pitcher of red sauce was found in the reach in cooler with no date labels.


Riverbend Elementary

1742 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville

Score: 96, Grade: A


Senor Fiesta

4110 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville

Score: 83, Grade: B

At the time of inspection, the bar hand sink was missing. Raw beef being preserved in an ice bath near the grill, measured 68 degrees on its top portion.


Senor Fiesta No.2

1943 Jesse Jewell Parkway NE, Gainesville

Score: 90, Grade: A

No paper towels provided at handsink nearest dish station. No sanitizer in warewashing machine.


Zaxby’s  No.12-201

1332 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A


DEC. 6

American Deli

3885 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood

Score: 90, Grade: A

Raw eggs stored on top of ready to eat tortillas. Plastic cups, no handle, stored in spice and dry goods containers as a scoop.


Autumn Breeze

2215 Old Hamilton Place, Gainesville

Score: 96, Grade: A


Hampton Inn

450 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A


Pizza Hut No.4798

3815 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood

Score: 90, Grade: A

Plates and dishes on clean drying rack with food residue on them. Shelving and racks throughout kitchen found with a heavy buildup of food/grease residue. Floors under 3-compartment sink and in fryer room with heavy build-up of trash and food debris.


Weezie’s Kitchen

4147 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A


DEC. 7

Fajitas Mexican Restaurant

1210 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 81, Grade: B

The hand sink for use by food handlers and dishwashers blocked by large container of fryer oil and floor dyer during the inspection. The chemical sanitizing dishwasher was not dispensing any sanitizer at the time of inspection. Chemical spray bottles in kitchen and at work station not labeled with the name of chemicals stored inside.


Kentucky Fried Chicken No.18

3711 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood

Score: 98, Grade: A


Ninja Steak House

5753 Old Winder Highway, Braselton

Score: 95, Grade: A


Pizza Hut No.025860

1501 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A


DEC. 8

Biba’s Italian Restaurant

7338 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 83, Grade: B


Starbucks Coffee Co. No.27463

3707 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood

Score: 88, Grade: B



3630 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 91, Grade: A

Make-line cooler was not working properly at the time of inspection.


Sushi Heeya

7380 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 91, Grade: A

No paper towels available at kitchen handsink. Foods items that are offered raw or undercooked are not marked with an asterisk corresponding to the consumer advisory printed in the menu.


DEC. 9

Midland Station Coffee Company

109 Green Street, Gainesville

Score: 95, Grade: A


Old Mcdonald’s Bar-B-Q

5774 Holiday Road, Buford

Score: 90, Grade: A

Small Rubbermaid storage containers used to portion and reheat pork for orders are scarred inside from the heating and are not considered easily cleanable.


Regional events