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Kitchen Inspections for April 2-10
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from April 2-10 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 2

Happy Chef

4009 Winder Highway, Suite 290, Flowery Branch

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Donna Black

Moonie’s Texas Barbecue

5545 Atlanta Highway, Flowery Branch

Score: 97, Grade: A

Shelves in back of kitchen and underneath prep tables in barbecue area with residue. Floors underneath equipment especially at floor/wall juncture with debris. Floor tiles pulling up off floor underneath prep sinks.
Inspector: Black

April 3

E.E. Butler Headstart/Pre-K

1300 Old Athens Highway, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Black

Luna’s Restaurant

200 Main St. SW, Suite 102, Gainesville

Score: 97, Grade: A

Utensils such as scoops and spatulas being stored in standing water. Personal, office items (papers, etc.) stored, mixed in with foods in dry-storage shelf.
Inspector: Black

Taco Bell No. 24722

3615 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood

Score: 97, Grade: A

Chips that are being cooked with box of chips being stored on top of trash can, and this is being used as a prep table.

Inspector: Black


April 4

Branch House Tavern

5466 McEver Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 96, Grade: A

Onion rings in box stored on floor near fryers. Cloths used to wipe food-contact surfaces laying on counters, prep tables throughout kitchen. Grease, dust accumulation on shelf holding clean utensils.

Inspector: Black

Checkers Drive-In Restaurant

943 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 82, Grade: B

Many single-serve cups without lids and straws and bottles of water in food prep areas. Hand sink blocked by empty 5-gallon container with management papers on top. Chicken patties hot-holding in drawer at fryer (manager could not tell how long) with temperatures 109-115 degrees. Vegetable prep sink filled with dishes. Top of grease container in parking lot has buildup of grease next to lid. Grease container in dumpster enclosure is not closed. Floor needs a good cleaning in dry-storage building behind restaurant. Accumulation of trash, dirt under shelving. Area behind drive-thru register and soda dispenser needs a good cleaning. Accumulation of trash. Personal items: purses, jackets, on chair in cook area and on top of bag-in-boxes.
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

North Hall Middle School

4856 Rilla Road, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Wentworth

University Yacht Club

6649 Yacht Club Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 96, Grade: A

Spices stacked on top of each other in containers uncovered allowing bottom of container to touch spice below. Upright freezer next to grill with condensate leak. Shelf underneath prep area across from grill with residue and some residue inside, outside containers.
Inspector: Black

April 7

Texas Roadhouse

895 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville

Score: 93, Grade: A

Many knives on magnets for use in prep areas with dried-food debris on blades. Food handlers wearing rings in raised settings and rubber bracelets while working with food. Three-compartment vegetable sink being used to wash and sanitize vegetable prep equipment after use.
Inspector: Wentworth

April 8

Chef Wang II Chinese Restaurant

4995 E. Friendship Road, Buford

Score: 74, Grade: C

Food handler not washing hands between glove changes to handle food. Washed and prepared broccoli stored in a cardboard box in the three-door cooler. Raw chicken stored over raw beef, cooked low mein and shell eggs. Two-door sandwich unit at cook line with most foods stored uncovered inside. Most containers with buildup of food residue. Both rice cookers with buildup of food residue inside. Hand-style can opener with buildup of grease, food residue on blade. Cloths used to wipe food-contact surfaces laying on prep surfaces throughout kitchen. Reach-in cooler gaskets, shelving, cooler handles, outsides of coolers, hood vents dripping grease.
Inspector: Wentworth

Smoothie King No. 791

890 Dawsonville Highway, Suite E, Gainesville

Score: 96, Grade: A

Chemicals stored on shelf directly above boxes of single-service straws.

Inspector: Black

Starbuck’s Coffee Company No. 8761

821 Dawsonville Highway, Suite 210, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Black


Subway No. 18114

2235 Jesse Jewell Parkway NE, Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A

Containers and pans stacked wet above three-compartment sink.

Inspector: Black

April 9

Subway No. 39661

3875 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Black

April 10

Big Creek Tavern

3050 Big Creek Road, Buford

Score: 81, Grade: B

Chemical sanitizing dish machine not dispensing sanitizer. Dish machine primed but level of sanitizer required as minimum 50 ppm not being dispensed. Two-door sandwich unit at cook line not maintaining food in storage at required 41 degrees or below (42-54 degrees). Prep person wiping gloved hands between cutting vegetables on dry cloth. Person preparing vegetables without washing before preparation (mushrooms and onions). Current inspection not posted.

Inspector: Wentworth

Charles Phelps

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