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Kitchen inspections, Feb. 24-March 4
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Feb. 8-11 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 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 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.

Feb. 24

Dylan’s Place
3562 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 89, Grade: B
No verification (certificate) to prove manager has met required CFSM requirement. Foods (chicken soup) prepared in house (reheated commercial products) kept over 24 hours not date labeled. Gravy past seven days from preparation. Wood brace behind pre-wash at dish machine needs to be sealed to prevent wood from soaking up water, food debris. Shelving under prep counter in back room needs cleaning. Sides of cook line equipment with accumulation of grease — need better, more frequent cleaning. Hood vents beginning to drip with accumulation of grease — need better more frequent cleaning. Inside of make-line cooler and upright freezer by fryers need a good cleaning inside. Floor tiles damaged, missing and grease puddling under cook line. Floors need a good cleaning under cook line and under, behind all equipment in kitchen and back room. Coved baseboard not tight to wall in many places in kitchen, back room — reseal. Walls peeling behind chest freezer and water heater in back room and stippled ceiling peeling in back room.
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Waffle House No. 1554
4770 Friendship Road, Buford
Score: 92, Grade: A
Sanitizer level greater than 200 ppm (bleach). Dishes, plates, cups, etc. stored with food debris. Utensils stored in drawers with grease, food — clean drawers before storing utensils to protect them from contamination. Test strips missing. Drawers, cabinets, shelves, etc. all with food debris, etc. in cook area — clean all nonfood contact surfaces thoroughly and frequently. Floors throughout establishment have food, trash, water, especially under equipment, shelving, and counters — clean floors to floor/wall juncture.
Inspector: Kathleeen McDuffie

Sonic Drive-In
7425 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 93, Grade: A
Slicer, tongs, pitcher and other utensils with food residue. Metal bins that hold condiments with food debris. Water pooled on floor. Ceiling tiles and vents with dust. Replace missing light shield in back area — keep all jackets and other personal items in a designated area away from items for customer.
Inspector: Donna Black

Feb. 25

Mr. Edd’s Pizza Plus
5205 Cleveland Highway, Clermont
Score: 99, Grade: A
No test strips.
Inspector: McDuffie

Country House Restaurant
6443 Cleveland Highway, P.O. Box 337, Clermont
Score: 86, Grade: B
Interior of microwaves have dried food splatters on all surfaces. Employee changing gloves without hand wash. Gaskets on some coolers damaged. Gaskets have an accumulation of dried food, water, mold, mildew. Septic system failing — water, sewage on the ground. Cove molding missing or no longer attached throughout most of kitchen. Floor in walk-in cooler has deteriorate until it is coming up and has rust and debris. Floors throughout, especially under shelving and equipment and behind cook line, need detailed cleaning — clean floors to floor/wall juncture.
Inspector: McDuffie

Papa’s Pizza To Go
6483 Cleveland Highway, Clermont
Score: 96, Grade: A
Gaskets on coolers damaged. Gaskets have accumulation of food debris. Drywall at floor level under drive through window has deteriorated and can no longer support cove molding. Floors throughout dry storage need better cleaning, especially under shelving — clean floor to floor/wall juncture. Hood system has dust, grease.
Inspector: McDuffie

Subway No. 28943
5160 A Cleveland Highway, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Black

Waffle House No. 1865
5536 McEver Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 77, Grade: C
Food handler chopping onions that will be condiments (ready-to-eat without gloves. Employees drinks in plastic cup and mugs. No paper towels available at back hand sink (prep area). Omelet cups (all of the ones stored above grill) with egg, food residue inside. Hot water sanitizing dish machine with final rinse pressure above 15-25 psi (30 psi). Food handler (cook) with mustache (facial hair) longer than 1/2-inch allowance. Wiping cloths not stored in sanitizer between uses. No sanitizer test strips available to monitor strength of sanitizer in cloth storage containers.
Inspector: Wentworth

Feb. 26

Linda’s Country Harvest
726 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 83, Grade: B
No CFSM. No paper towels at hand sinks. Several pans, utensils with food debris. No thermometers in coolers. Wood cart being used to store juice, water and other foods. Prep coolers with mold and food debris inside cooler — several shelves and inside coolers with debris. Bags of trash stored in kitchen. Floors and several areas on walls need cleaning — replace damaged ceiling tiles over bar area and change out wrong kind in service area.
Inspector: Black

Cocktail Cove Grill & Bar
5715 Holiday Road, Buford
Score: 86, Grade: B
Evidence of smoking: cigarette butts on floor in hallway outside kitchen. Utensils stored dirty on magnet board. Microwave interior with splatters of food. Some gaskets torn. Gaskets have mold, mildew and food debris, water. No hot water. Floors have food, water, trash, etc. Ceilings need cleaning. Walls have splatters, etc. Cove tile by freezer broken away from wall. Walls and ceilings in cook area need detailed cleaning. Vent system dripping grease.
Inspector: McDuffie

Ming’s Buffett
150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Suite H7, Gainesville
Score: 80, Grade: B
Employee restroom needs detailed cleaning. Foods uncovered in storage. No consumer advisory for raw oysters. Thermometers missing, not visible in most coolers, freezers. No sign informing customers to use a clean plate for new helpings from self-serve bar. Foods stored on floor in walk-in cooler. No covered waste container in employees restroom, only in one stall of customers ladies room. Hood vents do not fit properly in hood, leaving gaps.
Inspector: McDuffie

March 1

Smoothie King
890 Dawsonville Highway, Suite E, Gainesville
Score: 92, Grade: A
Keep lids on ice cream stored in freezer to prevent water that condenses on interior ceiling from falling into foods. Dried food debris in crevices of blender lids. Slime mold around mouth of ice machine shut. Need food probe thermometer to take internal temps of potentially hazardous foods.
Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines

Firehouse Subs
333 Shallowford Road, Gainesville
Score: 91, Grade: A
Meatballs held at 116 F, must maintain a minimum of 135 degrees for hot
Inspector: Hoffhines

El Sombrero No. 11
891 Dawsonville Highway, Suite 110, Gainesville
Score: 95, Grade: A
No paper towels at hand sink beside walk in cooler. Scoop for chips submerged in chip machine with handle end touching foods. Standing water in bottoms of blenders at bar and large blender in kitchen — pans stacked wet nested.
Inspector: Black

Cafe Merdal Gainesville
1112 Airport Parkway SW, Gainesville
Score: 89, Grade: B
Ground beef (cooked) on stove with temps 81 degrees. Contact paper peeling off shelves. Grease, food residue on shelves, door tracks and inside coolers.
Inspector: Black

Friends Cafe at Spout Springs Library
6488 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 95, Grade: A
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

March 3

Catering Unlimited
3035 Duckett Mill Road, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

Red Lobster No. 612
1707 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

Body Fitness Solution
1435 Thompson Bridge Road, Suite A, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Shelby Finch

March 4

3646 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 93, Grade: A
Food handler chewing gum while making sandwiches. Food handlers wearing bracelet while prepping sandwiches.
Inspector: Wentworth

Ming’s Buffett
150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Suite H7, Gainesville
Score: 94, Grade: A
Food on floor in walk-in cooler. Employees restroom need detailed cleaning.
Inspector: McDuffie

Jennifer Messer

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