By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Kitchen Inspections: Feb. 12-20
Placeholder Image

The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Feb. 12-26 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.

Feb. 12

Little Caesars No. 1592-1
2159 Browns Bridge Road Suite 101, Gainesville
Score: 84, Grade: B
All hand sinks in kitchen with debris accumulation. Pans, tongs, scoops, spatulas, can opener, slicer all found with food residue. Floor mixer left from yesterday found with dried dough inside caked up. All shelves throughout entire kitchen and in walk-in cooler found with food residue, and oil dripping outside of bulk containers found with residue, evaporator fans in walk-in cooler carts found with residue. Vent in ceiling over flour area with peeling paint. Floors and walls throughout kitchen found with debris. Cove baseboard found very damaged at three-compartment sink area and needs replacing.
Inspector: Donna Black

Oakwood’s Arrow Auto Auction
4712 Flat Creek Road, Oakwood
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Black

Piedmont Cafe at Wrigley’s
4500 Atlanta Highway, Flowery Branch
Score: 89, Grade: B
Plastic coffee travel mug was found on prep table in kitchen next to boxes of gloves and tea filling station. Hot water sanitizing dishwasher final rinse pressure was exceeding required 15-25 PSI, running 35-40 PSI. Cook found wearing watch at cuff of glove.
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Feb. 13

Brenau East Bistro
1001 Chestnut St. SE 200, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Jennifer Wren

Friends Cafe at Spout Springs Library
6488 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Black

Feb. 18

Shane’s Rib Shack
5877 Spout Springs Road Building D500, Flowery Branch
Score: 91, Grade: A
Employee washed hands in three-compartment sink. Dish was sitting in hand washing sink at beginning of inspection. Boxes of food stored on the floor in the freezer. Container with sandwich buns was on the floor next to the hand sink in kitchen. Several gaskets were ripped or missing in the kitchen.
Inspector: Erin Kincaid

Feb. 19

Burger King 7947/Thompson Bridge
1337 Thompson Bridge Road NW, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Kincaid

J Buffalo Wing
3418 Mundy Mill Road, Gainesville
Score: 88, Grade: B
Raw chicken in large containers in the walk-in cooler found uncovered. Boxes of produce stored on the floor in walk-in cooler. Shelf below food prep table was lined with a collapsed cardboard box. Wall behind wing prep table and where sauces are stored found with food debris.
Inspector: Kincaid

Feb. 20

Burger and Shake III
1730 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
Employee wearing bracelet. Wiping cloths were not stored in sanitizer between uses.
Inspector: Kincaid

El Sombrero No. 11
891 Dawsonville Highway Suite 110, Gainesville
Score: 92, Grade: A
Drinks found on prep shelves throughout kitchen in unapproved containers. No food handlers wearing hair restraints.
Inspector: Black

Taco Bell No. 030345
1957 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
Knives stored in knife rack over prep table that were marked ready for use not cleaned properly, stored with food debris on blades.
Inspector: Wentworth

4930 Friendship Road, Buford
Score: 83, Grade: B
Sliced tomatoes (49 F) and shredded cheese (49 F) found on top of the sandwich make line, and chopped tomato on salads (52 F) in the bottom of make line were not kept at required 41 F or below. Food handler found wearing a watch while preparing food. Most recent inspection was not posted. Gaskets torn on cooler under fry holder and on sandwich make line.
Inspector: Kincaid

Marco’s Pizza No. 8126
1294 Thompson Bridge Road Suite 102, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Wentworth


Regional events