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Kitchen Inspections for June 14-19
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from June 14-19 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.

June 14

Joe Muggs at Books a Million

150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Suite D9, Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A

Women’s restroom needs a covered trash can in restroom for disposal of sanitary items. 

Inspector: Shelby Finch

Las Palomas

3050 Athens Highway, Gainesville

Score: 84, Grade: B

Food employee did not wash hands prior to going from preparing raw beef to stirring refried beans. Food such as onions, corn product, etc. on floor in dry storage. Septic system for restaurant not regularly maintained. Grease is rising up thru tank lid and moving up the riser. No lid on last septic tank. Currently covered with particle board/cardboard that is rotten. All tanks need approved risers. A permit will be necessary from the Hall County Environmental Health Department and work done by Commercial certified septic installer. All grass, brush should be removed from the absorption field. An official letter will be sent to the property owner. Regular pumping of the grease trap and septic tanks is necessary for proper function of the system. Walls and serving areas are in need of fresh epoxy paint. Holes in walls. Ceiling tiles damaged and brown. Cooler in back is dark due to no bulb.

Inspector: Finch

The Oaks Miniature Golf, LLC

3709 Whiting Road, Gainesville

Score: 95, Grade: A

Lights in back kitchen area aren’t shielded, and a few have missing end caps. Two dogs in kitchen.

Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

June 17

Bottom Of The Cup

7435 Spout Springs Road, Suite 101, Flowery Branch

Score: 91, Grade: A

No paper towels at hand sink in kitchen or bar. Hand sink in kitchen dirty. Hot water sanitizing machine has been replaced. Sanitizing pressure for final rinse is not registering and should be between 15 to 25 psi. Walk-in cooler’s (for beer kegs) floor is sinking down, seal broken and threshold damaged. Makeline cooler has water in bottom. No sanitizer test strips for quats sanitizer used in cloth buckets.

Inspector: Finch

Johnny’s New York Style Pizza

7367 Spout Springs Road, Suite 205, Flowery Branch

Score: 98, Grade: A

Water pooling in makeline cooler and beer cooler. Prep table in back kitchen has broken leg. Warewash machine soiled with food debris. Inside and outside of drawers, rack near hand sink, outside of mixer, below shelves have food debris.

Inspector: Finch

Mellow Mushroom

700 Green St., Gainesville

Score: 97, Grade: A

Evaporator fans in all walk-in coolers, shelves in walk-in coolers, can rack with food, dust residue. Floors in walk-in produce cooler with residue, behind ice machine and in upstairs bar, underneath three-compartment sink with residue. Lights throughout kitchen missing light shields.

Inspector: Donna Black

New Peking Garden

7338 Spout Springs Road, Suite A2, Flowery Branch

Score: 92, Grade: A

Foods such as cooked chicken, egg rolls, lo mein without seven-day expiration dates. Employee washing hands in prep sink. Containers, pans stacked wet.

Inspector: Black

Papa Jack’s Country Kitchen

7437 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 85, Grade: B

Food not properly separated in walk-in cooler. Raw food intermingled with ready-to-eat food. Shell eggs stored next to ready-to-eat food, and milk containers stored next to raw chicken. Large hole in walk-in freezer door and frozen shut. Shelves, inside coolers, equipment has food debris, residue. Sealant to dishwasher has mold. Holes in wall by walk-in coolers and back door. Corners of walls have sheet rock falling off. Lights by walk-in cooler have no light shield. Employee personal items stored with utensils and near food prep areas.

Inspector: Finch

Sonic Drive In

7425 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 99, Grade: A

Cooler’s doors need regular cleaning, and interior of condiment holders need thorough cleaning. Outside of bulk storage containers have food debris.

Inspector: Finch

Sonic Drive In-Oakwood

3415 Atlanta Highway, Flowery Branch

Score: 89, Grade: B

No handsoap in women’s restroom. No paper towels able to be dispensed in men’s restroom. Restroom hand sinks and kitchen hand sinks need cleaning frequently. Containers of hot dogs in reach-in cooler and walk-in cooler, containers of chili in walk-in cooler that are not date marked with make date, or seven-day discard date. Single-service items such as straws and condiment packages stored in containers, or reach-in stainless steel storage racks with food debris and residue. Equipment sides, under prep tables, outside of cooler doors, outside of bulk storage containers, ladder near bulk storage containers and other nonfood contact surfaces has food debris, residue, trash. Restroom facilities need cleaning. Floors damaged allowing water entry near ice cream coolers and back door. Clean all walls and dirty ceiling tiles frequently. Floors need thorough cleaning due to food debris in dry storage and near back door area.

Inspector: Finch

June 18

El Sombrero No. 3

1792 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 95, Grade: A

Containers of spices being stored on floor while foods being mixed into spices. Prep cooler at grill with condensate leak and water pooled in bottom; gasket on two-door cooler in back of kitchen torn.

Inspector: Black

Little Caesars

5866 Spout Springs Road, Suite D, Flowery Branch

Score: 99, Grade: A

Dumpster area littered with trash; several bags with pizza boxes, dough laying on ground around dumpster.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

The Colored Egg

610 Grove St. Lot 3-7, Gainesville

Score: 96, Grade: A

Bottle of water, half consumed, on shelf next to prep table in kitchen.

Inspector: Wentworth

June 19

Domino’s Pizza

3606 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A

Floors in back storage area have trash, and spider webs below racks of pizza box storage.

Inspector: Finch

El Sombrero No. 11

891 Dawsonville Highway, Suite 110, Gainesville

Score: 93, Grade: A

Dish machine not dispensing chemical sanitizer onto dishes being washed. Ice machine with build up of mold on baffle. Foods such as onions, bell peppers, etc., being stored on floor as being prepped in containers. No food handlers wearing a hair restraint.

Inspector: Black

Gainesville-Hall County Meals On Wheels

430 Prior St., Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Finch

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