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Kitchen inspections for April 7-14
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from April 7-14 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.

April 7
Hungry Hippo
3170 C Frontage Road, Gainesville
Score: 80, Grade: B
Utensils being rinsed off at 3-compartment sink for storage in standing water at make line or put up for next use. Make-line cooler not keeping foods stored inside at required 41 degrees or below. No stem thermometer available to monitor cold holding temperatures of food. Missing thermometer in prep cooler. Wiping cloths in sanitizer compartment of 3-compartment sink in dirty sanitizer solution. Utensils being stored in standing water on prep table. Utensils for customer self-service laying in silverware caddy.
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

April 9
Taco Bell No. 4317
1409 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 98, Grade: A
Dumpsters open. Trash on walkway outside of dumpster enclosure. Floors need better cleaning.
Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

Waffle House No. 1865
5536 McEver Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 92, Grade: A
Hot water sanitizing dish machine final rinse pressure above required 15-25 psi. Omelet cups stored above grill inverted and wet inside.
Inspector: Wentworth

Subs of Gainesville-Riverside
984 Riverside Drive, Gainesville
Score: 93, Grade: A
Employee drinks not in disposable cups with lid and straw. Hand sink blocked with pan of lettuce inside and a ladder in front. Personal items on counters, hanging on storage shelves, on single serve items.
Inspector: McDuffie

Re-Cess Southern Gastro Pub
118 Bradford St., Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
Cutting boards have accumulation of mold, mildew.
Inspector: McDuffie

Rick’s Smokin Pig BBQ
130 John W Morrow Jr. Parkway, Suite 1, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Wentworth

Chicopee Woods Agriculture Center
1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville
Score: 84, Grade: B
No certified CFSM on staff. Food handler changing gloves without washing hands before donning gloves to work with food. Current food service inspection is not posted in public view. Coffee stirrers for customers must be individually wrapped or come from a dispenser if offered for customer self-service. Block wall behind fryers splattered with grease.
Inspector: Wentworth

April 10
The Paddock Grille
5300 Winder Highway, Braselton
Score: 81, Grade: B
Hands not being washed properly between glove changes — pouring bottled water over hands. No hand washing sink set up at concession trailer in-use for race this weekend. No soap available for hand washing. No disposable paper towels available for drying hands after hand washing. Food handler without proper hair restraint. Trailer cannot be closed to insects.
Inspector: Wentworth

April 12

Grapes & Hops Bar and Bistro (The Club Room DBA)
4856 B Hog Mountain Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 92, Grade: A
Employee washing, rinsing pots and pans but not sanitizing. Cutting boards can no longer be cleaned effectively. Utensil drawers and containers have food debris. Gasket on “dorm” refrigerator damaged. Make line gaskets have an accumulation of food, water, etc. Floors and walls, especially under, behind cook line need detailed cleaning — clean to floor/wall juncture.
Inspector: McDuffie

Corner Cafe
150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Suite D4, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

Bell Minor Home
2200 Old Hamilton Place, N.E., Gainesville
Score: 99, Grade: A
Repair under condenser in WI freezer. Fan guard in WI cooler has accumulation of dust and debris.
Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines

Texas Roadhouse
895 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville
Score: 88, Grade: B
Lettuce chopper, veggie press, lemon wedger, stacked pans and bulk sugar bin have accumulation of food debris. Grim along interior of ice machine. Mushrooms being washed and prepared in sink not designated for vegetables. Many utensils broken or damaged and need replaced. Lemon wedger missing handle and has glue covering top part. Ice buckets cracked and do not protect ice if bucket set on floor. Veggie press has crack on black attachment that can harbor food residue and debris. Grease and food debris around Dumpster area. Grout missing between tiles throughout kitchen, fill grout to prevent standing water and check floors for cleanliness under shelving and all the way to the floor/wall juncture.
Inspector: Hoffhines

3652 Mundy Mill Road, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

Sylvester Jones Elementary
6th Chicopee St., Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Wentworth

Johnson High School
3305 Popular Springs Road, Gainesville
Score: 97, Grade: A
Many one-half pints of milk out in coolers for service with expired dates.
Inspector: Wentworth

April 13

Crossroads Deli & Yogurt
2888 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

Ming’s Buffet
150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Suite H7, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
No consumer advisory sign for hibachi bar or oyster section of cold bar.
Inspector: McDuffie

April 14

Jay Lou’s Restaurant
940 Pine St., Gainesville
Score: 84, Grade: B
Employee drink in bottle left in cook area. Hand sink blocked with cutting board. Cutting board can no longer be cleaned effectively. Catsup in open can — all foods must be transferred to food grade containers after opening cans. Microwave needs detailed cleaning of interior surfaces. Scrambled eggs from breakfast (85 F) stored in double door cooler — no date label; eggs must be discarded after four hours. Gaskets on double door and one make-line cooler are damaged. Areas under counters, equipment, need better cleaning — clean floors all the way to the floor/wall juncture. Surface under bar is raw, molded particle board. Formica on counter no longer sealed.
Inspector: McDuffie

Burger King
806 Athens St., Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

Jennifer Messer


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