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Kitchen Inspections: Dec. 8-Jan. 6
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Dec. 18-Jan. 6 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. 18

The Collegiate Grill
220 Main St., Gainesville
Score: 94, Grade: A
Employee energy drink in can and employee drink in approved container, but found resting on shelf above prep table in kitchen. Gaskets with accumulation of food debris. Cooler with frozen substance along seam and gasket. Wall behind dishwasher soiled.
Inspector: Erin Kincaid 

Dec. 19

Hall County Senior Center
434 Prior St., Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
No soap at hand washing sink; soap must be provided so employees can properly wash hands.
Inspector: Kincaid

Weezie’s Kitchen
4147 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
Chicken salad and coleslaw prepared in-house without date label. All potentially hazardous foods that are held for over 24 hours must be labeled with a discard date of seven days after they are opened, or prepared with the first day being that day.
Inspector: Kincaid

Dec. 22

Murrayville Pharmacy
5304 Thompson Bridge Road, Murrayville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Jennifer Wren

Subway No. 24720
4977 Friendship Road, Buford
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Wren

Woody’s Pharmacy Inc.
5226 Dahlonega Highway, Clermont
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Wren

Dec. 23

Crossroads Bar & Grille
5900 Spout Springs Road Suite A-1, Flowery Branch
Score: 96, Grade: A
Employee rinsing off mixer in hand-washing sink. Hand-washing sink with strainer resting in it behind the bar. Hand-washing sinks may only be used for hand washing and no other purpose.
Inspector: Kincaid

Dec. 24

Stevie B’s Pizza
1500 Browns Bridge Road Suite 119, Gainesville
Score: 91, Grade: A
Inside of chemical sanitizing dishwasher and racks for dishes with residue which could recontaminate clean dishes. Food handlers wearing bracelets; employees who handle food or food contact surfaces cannot wear anything on their wrists. Sheet pans stacked wet after cleaning and sanitizing; utensils must be allowed to air dry following these steps. Wire racks for drying cleaned and sanitized dishes found with food residue and chipping paint. Hole in ceiling tiles found in room where single-use items and cleaning supplies are stored, exposing insulation which could potentially contaminate single-use items.
Inspector: Wren

Dec. 29

China Wok
1015 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 89, Grade: B
Shrimp and beef stored under raw chicken inside walk-in cooler. Raw chicken can contaminate food that will be cooked to a lower temperature, like seafood or beef; must store these items in order of minimum internal cook temperature.
Inspector: Wren

Dairy Queen/Shallowford Road
300 Shallowford Road, Gainesville
Score: 91, Grade: A
Ice machine baffle with mold and mildew. Nozzles on tea urns with mold and mildew. Should be cleaned and sanitized frequently enough to prevent this growth. Tomato slicer and can opener blade found with food residue; must clean and sanitize thoroughly so that no food residue remains to contaminate fresh food. Employee working in kitchen not wearing hair restraint; all food or food-contact surface handling employee must utilize hair restraints. Wiping cloths being stored in sink between uses; must be stored in container of sanitizer solution in between uses.
Inspector: Wren

Lettuce Talk
833 Dawsonville Highway, Suite 210, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Dec. 30

Burger King No. 1026
403 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Kincaid

Jimmy’s Real Pit BBQ-Base of Operation
4863 Countryside Drive, Flowery Branch
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Wentworth

Jimmy’s Real Pit BBQ-Mobile Unit
4863 Countryside Drive, Flowery Branch
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Wentworth

Dec. 31

Checkers Drive-In Restaurant
943 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 72, Grade: C
Bag of opened raw bacon stored above ready-to-eat sliced onions in upright cooler; store raw food items according to minimum internal cook temperatures and under ready-to-eat items. No detectable level of sanitizer in three-compartment sink and sanitizer buckets. Chili and cheese reheating in steam unit for one hour at 68-90 degrees and 89-102; chili must reach 165 degrees within two hours. Steam unit is not designed to reheat. Boxes of frozen chicken stored under dripping evaporator in walk-in freezer; this water is nonpotable and should not be allowed to contact food. Gaskets on door of make-line cooler, doors of upright cooler, and door of upright freezer ripped. Employee restroom needs a covered trash receptacle. Floor in dry storage area behind building needs a good cleaning, especially under the shelving.
Inspector: Kincaid

Jan. 2

All About You Weddings & Events
250 Dawsonville Highway Suite A2, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Wren

Dairy Queen/Frontage Road
3156 Frontage Road, Gainesville
Score: 93, Grade: A
Employee handling food and wearing dangling bracelet; no jewelry can be worn except for a plain band ring. Most recent inspection report (Aug. 5, 2014) not posted; must post most recent inspection report so that customers can stand within 1 foot of it. Mop left in basket next to service drain area; mops must be stored in such a way that air drying can occur. Screw missing in floor at entrance to walk-in freezer that allows displacement of flooring; must be resecured so that food debris does not accumulate under edge.
Inspector: Wren

Loretta’s Country Kitchen
4305 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood
Score: 92, Grade: A
Employee drinks in water bottles at serving line, on dishwasher and on prep table; employee drinks must be in a single-service cup with a lid and a straw and stored in a manner that prevents contamination. Pans next to oven stacked wet; after washing, rinsing, and sanitizing, pans must be air dried.
Inspector: Kincaid

Subway No. 62383
1470 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 98, Grade: A
Food service permit not displayed; the permit shall be displayed at all times. No inspection report on display; the most current inspection report shall be prominently displayed in public view at all times. Drain for soda machine with accumulation of mold; clean this area often enough to prevent accumulation of mold.
Inspector: Kincaid

Jan. 5
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
4005 Winder Highway Suite 160, Flowery Branch
Score: 97, Grade: A
Ice cream cones in dispenser for customer self-service are not wrapped, allowing cones to come in contact with customer’s bare hands. Both food handlers wearing bracelets; the only jewelry that may be worn on hands or arms is a plain ring such as a wedding band. Lettuce and onions requiring washing prior to preparation being prepared in same sink designated as “meat sink;” the washing of vegetables must take place in a sink designated only for the purpose of washing vegetables.
Inspector: Wentworth

Heavenly Sweets & Biscuits
984 Athens St. SE, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
Employee water bottle on prep counter and employee drink in proper container but without a lid and a straw; employee drinks in the kitchen must be in a disposable cup with a secure lid and a straw and stored in an area that prevents contamination.
Inspector: Kincaid

McDonald’s Restaurant No. 5672
3183 Frontage Road, Gainesville
Score: 99, Grade: A
Leak in walk-in freezer leading to accumulation of ice on boxes of food; must repair leak to prevent contamination of food with nonpotable water.
Inspector: Wren

Rio Balsas
975 Dawsonville Highway Suite 12, Gainesville
Score: 82, Grade: B
Plastic cups with employee drinks in kitchen; employee drinks must be in a single-service cup with a secure lid and straw. Dishwasher not dispensing sanitizer at time of inspection; dishwasher must dispense sanitizer to properly sanitize dishes. Consumer advisory disclosure statement, items that can be ordered raw or undercooked, are not marked with an asterisk; menus must have an asterisk next to items that can be ordered raw or undercooked. Dirty dishes stacked in prep sink by grill; prep sinks are not to be used for storing dirty dishes. Hand sink in women’s restroom is pulling away from wall and no longer sealed. Men’s restroom and women’s restroom without self-closers on doors; restroom doors must have a tight-fitting and self-closing door. Dumpster door open allowing rodents to enter Dumpster; shut Dumpster doors after disposing of waste to prevent entrance and harborage of pests and rodents.
Inspector: Kincaid

Jan. 6

Burger & Shake Restaurant
891 Dawsonville Highway Suite 130, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
No soap at hand sink in prep area in kitchen; always keep soap stocked at all times.
Inspector: Donna Black

Chicopee Woods Golf Course
2515 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
Baffle in ice bin with mold and mildew; must be cleaned more frequently to prevent this growth.
Inspector: Wren

Durango Mobile
1705 Cleveland Highway Suite 11, Gainesville
Score: 73, Grade: C
Food handler washing gloved hands between handling money and handling prepared flautas to put in fryer; gloves must be removed and bare hands washed before putting on clean pair gloves to work with food after handling money. Food handlers’ bottled drinks behind faucet at hand sink, on shelf above prep area and on top of chest freezer, used as table top for coffee pot and bread storage. Drinks in prep area need to be in single-service cups (disposable) with a secure lid and straw for drinking and stored to prevent any possible contamination of food and food contact surfaces. Ziploc bags of raw fish and chicken piled on shelf above lettuce and chopped tomatoes. Raw animal foods (meat/fish) must be stored on shelving according to the cook temperature of each product to prevent cross contamination, and ready-to-eat foods (lettuce/tomatoes) should be stored above all raw animal foods. Wet wiping cloths used to wipe off food contact surfaces laying on chest freezer top used as tabletop and next to faucet at hand sink; between uses cloths must be stored in sanitizer solution. The Food Service Permit for the mobile unit is not posted on the vehicle; the Food Service Permit along with the current inspection must be posted in public view. No sanitizer test strips available for the type sanitizer that is reportedly put into cloth storage container.
Inspector: Wentworth

La Reyna
272 Dawsonville Highway Suite A, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Black

Orient Express
302 Shallowford Road, Gainesville
Score: 87, Grade: B
Raw chicken stored over raw beef in three-door upright cooler. Bowl of raw chicken sitting on buckets of soy sauce. Store raw animal products according to minimal internal cook temperature and below ready to eat foods. Do not use buckets as prep areas. Buckets of soy sauce stored on floor in kitchen; food must be stored at least 6 inches above the floor to allow for easy cleaning. Cutting boards soaking in water in prep sink; prep sinks are not to be used for any purpose other than their designated purpose. Self-closer for restroom door is broken.
Inspector: Kincaid

Sonic Braselton
7425 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 98, Grade: A
Floors separating from seams at drive thru allowing water to soak into floor. Vents in ceiling near fryer rusted. Have areas repaired; floors must be repaired properly and no covers or mats are allowed to cover up tears.
Inspector: Black

Sun Garden Chinese Restaurant
3630 Thompson Bridge Road Unit 17, Gainesville
Score: 83, Grade: B
Nozzles and diffusers of soda machine at wait station with heavy mold growth; must clean and sanitize frequently to prevent mold and mildew build-up. Food items (seafood, egg rolls, etc.) are kept longer than 24 hours but not date-marked. Food that is prepared on site, or commercially prepared food that has been opened, must be labeled to indicate when it should be discarded; can be kept for seven days, including the day of preparation. Cooked rice and fried chicken stored in large covered bins left at room temperature to cool indefinitely. Following cooking, food that will not be immediately served or hot-held must be cooled by either placing in an ice-bath or cooler/freezer capable of cooling rapidly. Buckets of soy sauce stored on floor of kitchen; containers of food must be stored at least 6 inches off floor. Ladle used for rice left to sit in can of room temperature water in between uses; between uses, utensils must be stored either in the food with handles above surface, in water that is 135 degrees or higher, or on a clean sanitized surface.
Inspector: Wren

Wild Wing Cafe
311 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 87, Grade: B
Cooked chicken in hot-hold cabinet between 112-125 F; hot-held potentially hazardous foods must be held at 135 F or above. Most recent inspection report not displayed. Whisk used to mix wing sauces stored in sanitizer bucket containing sanitizer. Plastic cups stacked wet; utensils and equipment must air dry.
Inspector: Kincaid

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