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Kitchen inspections for Feb 4 - 10
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Feb. 4-10 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 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.

Feb. 4

Green Gables Event Venue and Catering
4930 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville
Score: 93, Grade: A
Many made-ahead leftover potentially hazardous food items not dated in reach-in and walk-in coolers. Many items with dates past seven-day use or discard time for potentially hazardous foods made at the restaurant and held over 24 hours. Shelving (plastic) needs cleaning in walk-in cooler (food debris spills). Floors need a detail cleaning at floor/wall junctures and under equipment; accumulation of food debris.
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Feb. 7

Pueblos Mexican Cuisine
3630 Thompson Bridge Road No. 1, Gainesville
Score: 95, Grade: A
Aprons very dirty and cloths tucked into strings. Cloths laying on counters. All kitchenware must be air dried before stacking. Coved baseboard in back room, along wall across from hot line and near dish machine missing, damaged.
Inspector: Donna Black

Feb. 8

Taqueria La Fogata Caliente LLC
5120 Thompson Bridge Road, Suite C, Murrayville
Score: 87, Grade: B
Utensils being sanitized with no sanitizer detected in water. Rice and chicken in steam table with temperatures too low.
Inspector: Black

Biba's Italian Restaurant
7338 Spout Springs Road, Suite 18/19, Flowery Branch
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Wentworth

New Horizons West
1010 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville
Score: 99, Grade: A
Single-use serving straws for coffee in container with some food residue.
Inspector: Shelby Finch

Moe's Southwest Grill
333 Shallowford Road, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
Inspector: Finch

Texas Roadhouse
895 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville
Score: 81, Grade: B
Ice scoop holder had food debris inside. Some plates dirty with food debris. Knife with food debris and grill station utensils dirty. Standup reach-in cooler temperature too high; strawberry mix temperature too high. Food not at required temperature. Eggs and prepared butter temperature too high. Cheese in make-line cooler not at required cold holding temperature. Sanitizer ammonium chloride water temperature too low. Low boy cooler for butter and meats in drawer needs upper shelf and door repaired. Walk-in freezer door not sealing well at bottom resulting in ice accumulation on door and right shelf. Low boy cooler bottom unit holding temperature too high. Hot plate warmer metal sagging. Repair microwave door peeling. Some food in reach-in freezer, grease, food debris on handles of grill knobs, microwave interior had some debris. Pan for storing bowls had food debris. Bar cooler for glasses had some food debris. Dumpster pad dirty. Grease container had some accumulated grease on the outside, and dumpster doors open. Ceiling tiles sagging and some popped out of place. Some grout missing in tiles throughout kitchen. Light bulbs at roll prep area are not shatterproof. Light shields throughout kitchen have cracks or are damaged.
Inspector: Finch

Feb. 9

Happy Chef
4009 Winder Highway, Suite 290, Flowery Branch
Score: 67, Grade: U
Many task changes and glove changes by employees, but no hand washing taking place. Travel coffee mug with straw for employee's drink in kitchen. Washed and cut broccoli put back into shipping box for storage in walk-in cooler. Cooked noodles cooling in collander loosely wrapped in grocery bag. Preparation tables with visible soil. Vegetable peelers stored after use with dried food debris. Cloth bucket for cleaning dining tables contains only soapy water. Wiping cloths lying on prep table. No sanitizing container set up for storage of wiping cloths in kitchen. Chicken pieces in vegetable sink. Wall/floor juncture (baseboard), stainless steel wall behind 3-compartment sink and floor needs better cleaning; food debris accumulation.
Inspector: Wentworth

JGB Ice Cream LLC
5857 Spout Springs Road, Suite A305
Score: 99, Grade: A
Missing bolt in walk-in cooler door. Reach-in freezer and upright cake freezer had food debris in bottom.
Inspector: Finch

Subway
890 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville
Score: 99, Grade: A
Fan guards and cover in walk-in cooler need to be replaced. Do not stack containers above ceiling to prevent possible contamination or injury.
Inspector: Finch

Feb. 10

Fritanga Nicaragua
1870 Atlanta Highway, Suite A, Gainesville
Score: 81, Grade: B
Many cooked and raw food items being stored in grocery bags. None of the potentially hazardous prepared foods stored in the cooler have been labeled with a preparation date or a seven-day discard date. Meat thawing in standing water. Meet thawing in dedicated vegetable prep sink.
Inspector: Wentworth

Smokehouse Catering
3205 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville
Score: 90, Grade: A
No certification certificate to verify course has been completed. Container of tea on floor in walk-in cooler no. 1. Containers of sauce on floor in walk-in cooler no. 2. Dumpster with gravel under front half of dumpster; grease has spilled on gravel and cannot easily be cleaned. Linoleum flooring worn through in many spots. Ceiling in back prep area, walls behind steam line with accumulation of grease, food splatters. Corners under equipment need better cleaning. End caps missing on fluorescent lights above smoker.
Inspector: Wentworth

Lauren Blais

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