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Kitchen Inspections for April 11-17
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from April 11-17 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.

April 11

China Garden

5900 Spout Springs Road, Suite L12, Flowery Branch

Score: 88, Grade: B

Foods in coolers and walk-in cooler (lo mein, crab ragoon, egg rolls, etc.) without dates. Beef sitting in standing water to thaw. Ladles, scoops with handles down in products. Spatulas stored in crack beside grill and prep table. Outsides of bulk-food containers with residue. Personal items mixed in with customer items on shelves, in coolers, walk-in cooler and freezer.

Inspector: Donna Black

Curt’s Restaurant

3440 Branch Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 92, Grade: A

Drinks in disposable cups with lids and straws, but stored on prep tables with food prep taking place. Chemical sanitizing dishmaster not dispensing sanitizer.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Mama-Ruth’s Kitchen

804 Atlanta Highway

Score: 96, Grade: A

No dates on foods in coolers in cooler beside three-compartment sink.

Inspector: Black

April 14

Jimmy John’s

333 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Suite E, Gainesville

Score: 96, Grade: A

Bottles, tops, slicer (lettuce) with residue.

Inspector: Black

Kentucky Fried Chicken No. 10

1904 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 94, Grade: A

Tools, utensils being stored in hand sink next to breading station. Single-service cups at drive-thru stored in dispenser with accumulation of trash in bottom of dispenser allowing cups to sit on top of trash. Floors throughout entire kitchen especially underneath equipment at fryers with residue. Floors in walk-in coolers with residue.

Inspector: Black

Pizza Hut No. 4810

7330 Spout Springs Road, Suite A-4, Flowery Branch

Score: 92, Grade: A

Tools, spatulas in hand sink at front of kitchen. Metal threshold at walk-in freezer door is damaged. Ceiling tiles damaged, dusty and vents in ceiling with rust. Walls underneath dish machine with residue.

Inspector: Black

April 15

Burger King No. 13983

4760 Friendship Road, Buford

Score: 97, Grade: A

Heavy syrup spill underneath soda area at front drive-thru window. Lights in back storage area and mid-kitchen missing shields.

Inspector: Black

La Mejor De Michoacan

730 Pearl Nix Parkway, Suite B, Gainesville

Score: 93, Grade: A

Hand sink in back of kitchen is blocked by tables. A stem thermometer used for measuring internal food temps is missing.

Inspector: Black

April 16

Little Italy Pizza

990 Riverside Drive, Gainesville

Score: 90, Grade: A

Baffle of ice machine with heavy accumulation of mold. Thermometers missing in coolers and freezers. Bulbs out throughout kitchen, making kitchen dark.

Inspector: Black

Planet Smoothie

5900 Spout Springs Road, Suite S, Flowery Branch

Score: 95, Grade: A

Designated hand sink without soap in dispenser. Garbage dumpster drain without plug.

Inspector: Wentworth

Rio Balsas

975 Dawsonville Highway, Suite 12, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Wentworth

April 17

Target Store T-2387

5865 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Black

Charles Phelps

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