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Kitchen Inspections for Dec. 2-5
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Oct. 15-16 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.

To register a complaint against a food service establishment, contact the Hall County Environmental Health Department at 770-531-3973

Dec. 2

El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant

1830 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville

Score: 94, Grade: A

Foods such as cooked beef in coolers with no expiration date. Single-service items stored on floor and on top of paint cans in storage room. No test strips for testing sanitizer. Shelves above three-compartment sink and behind prep cooler with grease, food residue.

Inspector: Donna Black

Gainesville-Hall County Meals On Wheels

430 Prior St., Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Shelby Finch

Hall County Senior Center

434 Prior St., Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Finch

Lanier Village Estates Inc.

4000 Village View Drive, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Finch

Smoky Springs Retirement Center

940 South Enota Drive NE, Gainesville

Score: 81, Grade: B

Employee racking dirty dishes crossed over to handle clean dishes without washing hands. Food handler putting raw ready-to-eat carrots on ready-to-eat salads with bare hands. Drinks in kitchen on food prep counters not in proper cups. Ice machine baffle with large amount of mold, mildew. Several utensils inside drawer with food residue and bottom of drawer with food residue.

Inspector: Black


203 B EE Butler Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Black

Subway No. 14228

1220 Thompson Bridge Road NE, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Black

Dec. 4

Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill

1705 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 94, Grade: A

Long-handel scoop laying buried in foods in cold-hold unit. Roof AC unit leaking water into kitchen and water dripping down heavily. Gaskets damaged at drawer cooler underneath grill and condensate leak at dessert cooler. Shelves especially near ice machine and walk-in cooler with debris. Outsides of probe thermometer cases and outsides of dish racks (where no food-contact surface is) with debris. Hand sinks in restrooms with hot water 92-94 degrees. Large section of ceiling cut out in liquor storage area.

Inspector: Black

Brad’s Grill

1856 Thompson Bridge Road, Suite 109 and 110, Gainesville

Score: 91, Grade: A

Three-door sandwich unit not keeping food in storage at required 41 degrees or below. Compressor frozen over inside, not allowing for circulation of cold air.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Bucket O’Shrimp

272 Dawsonville Highway, Suite A, Gainesville

Score: 98, Grade: A

Single-service cups stored on floor in back of kitchen. Floors underneath sinks, equipment with food residue, grease.

Inspector: Black

Gainesville Home Cooking

250 John W. Morrow Jr. Parkway, Suite 104, Gainesville

Score: 92, Grade: A

Three-compartment sink set-up and in-use with no detectable sanitizer in the compartment set-up for sanitizing kitchenware, utensils after washing and rinsing. Using automatically dispensed Quat sanitizer. Water looked dirty. Spray bottle hanging on pre-wash sprayer hook in dishwasher area with commercial label identifying it as window cleaner, but bottle contains bleach.

Inspector: Wentworth

Golden Buddha

3715 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood

Score: 93, Grade: A

Employees with drinks on shelf and in prep cooler not in proper cups. Food handlers with bracelets and watches.

Inspector: Black

Popeye’s Fried Chicken

821 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 93, Grade: A

Employee’s travel mug on prep table in prep area; styrofoam coffee cups with sippy lids on shelving in dry storage area. Restroom hand sinks not reaching required 100 degrees. Employees’ personal items on shelf with thermometers, etc., above prep table. Employees’ coats, backpacks on shelving and food boxes in dry storage.

Inspector: Wentworth

Dec. 5

Bruster’s Ice Cream at Lakeshore Mall Lobby

165 John W. Morrow Jr. Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Finch

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