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Kitchen inspections for Feb. 7-24
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Feb. 7-24 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. 7

Le Mejor De Michoacan
730 Pearl Nix Parkway, Suite B, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Feb. 15

Little Yellow Coffee House
1447 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Shelby Finch

Rick's Smokin Pig BBQ
130 John W Morrow Jr. Parkway, Suite I, Gainesville
Score: 91, Grade: A
Barbecue on hot hold steam well not at required hot hold temperature.
Inspector: Finch

CiCi's Pizza
250 John Morrow Jr. Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
Wiping cloths sanitizer solution inappropriate concentration per test strips. Pizza cutter and knife being stored in make-line cooler rack that is not cleaned and sanitized between uses.
Inspector: Finch

Feb. 16

Little Caesars
3885 Mundy Mill Road, Suite 106, Oakwood
Score: 89, Grade: B
Pitcher used for dough prep filled up and blocking hand sink for hand washing. Utensils, pans, containers, pitchers and veggie slicer had food debris and greasy. Can opener dirty. Gaskets splitting, cracked on pizza cooler. Can opener had metal shards. Food debris on nonfood contact surfaces such as gaskets and interior of standup warmers.
Inspector: Finch

203 B EE Butler Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 89, Grade: B
Soup in walk-in cooler not date-labeled and eggs past seven-day discard date. Sanitizer solution too high in three-compartment sink. Box of crackers stored below leaking pipe of hand sink.
Inspector: Finch

McDonald's Restaurant
707 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 80, Grade: B
Cook wearing gloves obtained raw sausage and did not remove gloves or wash hands prior to touching sausage tray and ready-to-eat sausage. No registerable amount of sanitizer (chlorine) solution in dishwasher. Tray of tortillas stored on top of full trash cans. Several food employees preparing food without hair restraint. Wiping cloth sanitizer solution in some buckets immeasurable per test strip. Food service inspection not posted at drive-thru window. Utensils stored in container with water and some food debris, trash. Gloves not being changed between tasks. Several coolers, freezers, and bottom of walk-in cooler door gaskets torn, damaged. Cracked, damaged container. Interior of dishwasher dirty and trash release dirty resulting in water for wash, rinse being dirty.
Inspector: Finch

Waffle House No. 1543
509 Dawsonville Highway SW, Gainesville
Score: 95, Grade: A
Pressure gauge for hot sanitizing solution appears to not be working. Pans, ice scoop and holder had food debris. Pans stored with food debris in drawers. Some food debris behind coke in box in cabinet. Food debris on shelves in walk-in cooler.
Inspector: Finch

Feb. 17

Double D. Burger No. 1
2236 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 98, Grade: A
Permit not posted. Inspection not posted. Ice scoop handle in ice.
Inspector: Finch

Chattahoochee Country Club
3000 Club Drive, Gainesville
Score: 94, Grade: A
Chlorine concentration at bar dishwasher immeasurable per test strips. Pans stacked wet. Gaskets damaged and cracked in coolers. No test strips for chlorine at bar.
Inspector: Finch

Feb. 18

Double D Burger No. 2
2236 Jesse Jewell Parkway
Score: 99, Grade: A
Permit not posted.
Inspector: Finch

Smoothie King
890 Dawsonville Highway, Suite E, Gainesville
Score: 99, Grade: A
Scoops for protein powder handle in powder.
Inspector: Finch

Double D Burger
2236 Jesse Jewell Parkway
Score: 82, Grade: B
Pan, utensils and lids stored with food debris. Milk in smaller cooler above required temperature. Fried chicken beneath hot lamp not at required temperature. Sausage on hot bar not at required temperature. Prepared tenderloin sandwich in hot box for mobile pickup not at required temperature. Ice scoop and fork handles in food during use. Hand sink, three-compartment sink, and prep sinks no longer attached to walls. Plastic clean forks used in coleslaw and BBQ. Small cooler has holes in interior bottom and sagging metal separating top and bottom. Cardboard box used to store grill pads. Cracked insulated container in freezer. Several pans crusted up with deposits on the exterior and flaking off. Many bulk containers of flour and baking suppliers, with container, has food debris. Dumpster door open. Paper towel exterior needs wiping off, hood system on exterior has dust accumulation, cords from ceiling have dust, floors throughout kitchen and storage needs cleaning all the way to floor/wall juncture.
Inspector: Finch

Texas Roadhouse
895 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville
Score: 93, Grade: A
Paper towels missing at back kitchens hand sink. Soap missing in back hand sink. Walk-in freezer door not sealing well resulting in condensate freeze and at door and back of unit. Walk-in cooler not sealing and gap at bottom of door. Some croutons in containers and grease accumulation on grill. Dumpsters overflowing and a lot of garbage piled up at door area. Dust on vents in potato storage.
Inspector: Finch

Little Caesars
2159 Browns Bridge Road, Suite 101, Gainesville
Score: 82, Grade: B
No time marking for pizzas at room temperature that have been premade for time as a public health control. Labels faded for bulk food containers and sugar, cinnamon and other container of food has no label. Stacked containers wet-nested. Cooler door, cover bent for cheese and pizza sauce. Dust on pizza oven and electrical components, on food prep bottom shelves, shelves above tables, bulk food containers, etc. Not enough water pressure for hot water side of faucet in restroom and instant hot water heater not kicking on. Door handle of restroom broken and door unable to close, self-close all the way. Floors through kitchen need very thorough cleaning. Dust on hood, walls, electrical wires to wall near pizza oven. Exit door has gap in bottom.
Inspector: Finch

Feb. 21

Dairy Burger
984 Athens St., Gainesville
Score: 95, Grade: A
Knives with food debris and can opener had food debris. Top inside part of microwave had splattered food debris. Large stand-up cooler, near chest freezer, gaskets damaged and racks paint peeling, rusting. Replace gasket and repair, replace racks to make smooth and corrosion resistant. Can opener blade dull and remnants of metal accumulated in interior. Replace blade to prevent metal to prevent metal fragments from possibly contaminating food. Grease accumulation at grill area, beneath grill in cabinet.
Inspector: Finch

Papa John's Pizza
4605 Elk Ridge, Flowery Branch
Score: 95, Grade: A
Veggie slicer had food debris. Utensils and lids stored in containers with food debris.
Inspector: Finch

Feb. 22

Wild Horse Grill, Armadillo
1605 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville
Score: 86, Grade: B
Drinks in kitchen must be in a single-service cup with a straw and lid. Foods in hot box with temperature too low - box accidentally turned off. Large pan of stew in cooler from overnight with temperature too high; not cooled properly. Single service items on floor.
Inspector: Donna Black

Hampton Inn and Suites
4660 Holland Dam Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 97, Grade: A
Straws for self-service not wrapped. Handbag, puzzle book on shelves (in box) with food for customers.
Inspector: Black

Feb. 23

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store No. 641
4758 Friendship Road, Buford
Score: 93, Grade: A
Pans had food debris and some plates had food debris. Forks and spoons stored with food lip contact surface pointed up. Fryer baskets stored above grill hood. Top of hood is not cleaned and sanitized. Single-service cups stored near tea urns and has tea splatter on food lip contact surface. Grease accumulation behind cooking equipment, under and on cooking equipment. Food debris on exterior and interior of coolers, warmers and hot hold two-door warmer. Trash can by grill heavily soiled in grease and food debris on exterior. Ceiling sagging some at grill area and mop sink area. Floors need thorough cleaning behind equipment all the way to coving and on walls.
Inspector: Finch

Burger King 13983
4760 Friendship Road, Buford
Score: 93, Grade: A
CFSM certificate not posted in public view. Additional copy of certificate in file unable to be located. Food service permit not posted. Food debris located below food prep table near veggie sink on bottom shelf and pickles on dry storage rack. Shatterproof bulbs at bottom of unit of sandwich warmer peeling the shatterproof coating.
Inspector: Finch

Feb. 24

Happy Chef
4009 Winder Highway, Suite 290, Flowery Branch
Score: 89, Grade: B
Dishwasher not dispensing correct amount of (chlorine) sanitizer for proper kitchenware, utensil sanitizing. Prepared sweet and sour chicken past seven-day discard date. Food employee working with crab ragoons with very long fingernails. Wiping cloths stored in dirty sanitizer solution. Concentration of solution not a required level due to dirty condition of solution.
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Captain Billy's Steak and Seafood
380 Cleveland Road, Clermont
Score: 73, Grade: C
Food handlers donning gloves to work with food without washing hands first. Dishwashers loading soiled dishes and unloading clean dishes without washing hands between handling soiled and clean dishes. Canned drinks and drinks without lids and straws in the kitchen. Cooked chicken kept on top of oven at 94 degrees to 104 degrees and reheated when ordered. Cooked vegetables held under the grill for reheating with orders at 92 degrees. Cooked foods to be served hot for service must be held at 135 degrees of above for service. Food at salad bar, cheese croutons, not properly shielded at salad bar from possible contamination. Fluorescent bulbs over salad bar not shielded. Food handlers with bracelets, watches and rings with raised settings. Many food handlers with towels tucked in aprons that are used to wipe hands. No chlorine test strips available to monitor the strength of sanitizer being dispensed in dish machine. Fluorescent lights not properly shielded in dish washing, prep area.
Inspector: Wentworth


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