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Kitchen inspections, Feb. 4 - 18
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Feb. 4-18 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 at
To register a complaint against a food service establishment, contact the Hall County Environmental Health Department at 770-531-3973.

Feb. 4

Fat Joe’s Famous Philly’s and Wings

1039 Athens Street, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Feb. 12

Slade’s Catering

1547 Riverside Drive, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

Monkey Joe’s

2283 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 94, Grade: A
Label bulk container items such as powder sugar, brown sugar, etc. so that contents are known inside. Repeat violation: Door tracks to ice cream freezers with build up of debris. Coke coolers in party rooms with spills inside. Floors need to be cleaned better underneath cabinets.
Inspector: Black

Garcia’s Take-out

1421 Athens Street, Gainesville
Score: 88, Grade: B
Container of coleslaw with use-by date of Feb. 9. Food handler with bottled drinks in kitchen. Personal items — clothing and purse — under prep table in kitchen and on top of slicer stored under table. Nipple for drink machine not getting completely clean; build up of mold/mildew inside.
Inspector: Wentworth

Wrap Express

150 Pearl Nix Parkway E-9, Gainesville
Score: 63, Grade: U
Food handler cleaning grill parts, rinsed hands, put on gloves and put up food. Food handler rinsed hands in three-compartment sink. Walk-in cooler not maintaining foods at required 41 degrees F or less. Grill top powder cleaner stored in container originally containing lemon pepper and there is no label showing lemon pepper is no longer contained inside.
Inspector: Wentworth

Feb. 13

Big Creek Tavern

3050 Big Creek Road, Buford
Score: 98, Grade: A
Repeat violation: gaskets on make line cooler damaged.
Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

Cocktail Cove Grill & Bar

5717 Holiday Road, Buford
Score: 92, Grade: A
Repeat violation: cutting boards have accumulation of mold/mildew. Repeat violation: gaskets damaged.
Inspector: McDuffie

El Taco Veloz No. 3

950 Jesse Jewell Parkway,
Score: 83, Grade: B
Foods uncovered in coolers and freezers. Rice, beans, and chicken with temperatures 119-123 on steam line. Meats stored on racks in cooler with no protection — pork stored in steam line where water used to keep foods hot could contaminate food. Cook with heavily stained apron. Shelves in walk-in coolers, dry storage shelves and fans in walk-in cooler need to be kept clean.
Inspector: Donna Black

Hollywood 15 Cinemas

120 Greenhill Circle NW,
Score: 99, Grade: A
Ice scoops stored on top of ice machine.
Inspector: Black

Feb. 16

Biba’s Italian Restaurant

833 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville
Score: 85, Grade: B
Oysters, cooked chicken, raw chicken, bell peppers, onions, eggplant, broccoli, shrimp, pork, butter, capers, lobster, crab, cheese sticks, cut lemons, cannoli shells and potato chips stored uncovered. Repeat violation: no sanitizer dispensing at warewashing machine. Dried food debris on chopper, slicer and various utensils. Ready to eat foods prepared over 24 hours ago have no date labels. Inspection posted behind bar. Discard all severely stained, chipped, cracked and pitted utensils because they can harbor food residue more easily than smooth, durable food contact surfaces. Need test strips for quaternary ammonia sanitizer. Repeat violation: shelves, insides of coolers and microwaves, and outsides of bulk food and chemical containers have accumulation of food debris or dirt. Dust and grease accumulation along outsides of coolers. Repeat violation: parts of cove base missing or broken behind chemical storage rack, standing water around missing cove base tile. Heavy accumulation of dust and grease on walls and ceiling. Dust and grease accumulation on cords hanging from ceiling and on post beside hood vents.
Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines

Joe Muggs

150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 95, Grade: A
Few desserts laying on tray in cooler not wrapped. Utensils being rinsed and sanitized and not washed. Floors with debris.
Inspector: Black

Feb. 17

Waffle House No. 1554

4770 Friendship Road, Buford
Score: 79, Grade: C
Cook changing gloves without handwashing. Foods uncovered in walk-in cooler and freezer. Repeat violation: Coke dispenser nozzles have traces of mold/mildew. Pans stored dirty in drawers. Butter thawing in storage cabinet at room temperature. Thermometers missing in most coolers. Single serve items on floor of dry storage. No test strips for warewasher or sanitizer buckets. Drawers, counters, etc. in food prep area have food debris. Gaskets need cleaning of mold/mildew — fans dusty on coolers. Dumpster area — trash on ground, dumpster open, one lid broken. Grease container dripping on ground. Floors have food debris, trash, etc. Replace bulb in walk-in freezer.
Inspector: McDuffie


4930 Friendship Road, Buford
Score: 91, Grade: A
Hot water at hand sinks only at 72 F. Hand sink used to dump garbage. Employee wiping hands with sanitizing cloth, then wiping counter with the same cloth. Gaskets on make line damaged. Repeat violation: gaskets on make line have a build up of dried food debris.
Inspector: McDuffie

Los Carrillo’s Restaurant

503 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville
Score: 89, Grade: B
Foods being stored uncovered in coolers and freezers. Ready to eat foods must have a seven-day expiration date if held longer than 24 hours.
Rice being heated in microwave in a plastic to go bag. Cloths used to clean food contact surfaces not stored in sanitizer between uses.
Inspector: Black

El Maguey Mexican Restaurant

2458 Limestone Parkway NE, Gainesville
Score: 94, Grade: A
Chicken and squid sitting on shelf to thaw. Heavy leak at mop sink faucet. Shields missing over lights at grill and in wait area.
Inspector: Black


4906 Friendship Road, Buford
Score: 98, Grade: A
Gaskets on make line doors not closing properly. Gaskets on make line cooler have dried food debris. Grease container dripping on ground.
Cove molding on side of freezer detached. Floors throughout kitchen need better cleaning. Ceiling tile by freezer broken and ceiling tile in dry storage missing. Hood vent system leaking grease.
Inspector: McDuffie

Feb. 18

Hall County Senior Center

434 Prior Street, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
Hot water rinse at dishwasher 148 degrees — pressure gauge at 5 psi.
Inspector: Black


3718 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood
Score: 95, Grade: A
Employees using prep table in kitchen to eat on. Top of chicken tender make line cooler damaged underneath cover.
Inspector: Black

Gainesville-Hall County Meals On Wheels

430 Prior Street, Gainesville
Score: 99, Grade: A
Keep current inspection posted within 15 feet of main door and where customers can walk up to it within 1 foot.
Inspector: Black

Megan Gill

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