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Kitchen Inspections for March 27-April 3
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Dec. 20-26 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.

March 27

Great American Grill

1735 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Donna Black

March 28

Silver Bay Seafood

2415 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 79, Grade: C

There is no certified food safety manager on staff. Manager wasn’t able to answer questions regarding temperatures; meat, poultry and fish should be cooked to kill pathogens (items checked were correct temperatures). Employees hadn’t been instructed on glove use, hair restraint, type of cups for drinks in the kitchen, how often to clean tea urns and product rotation. Manager prepping calamari with coffee in mug on prep table. Gatorade bottle on overflow tray at expo station drink dispenser. Disposable cup without lid and straw at end of pass-thru widow in cook area. Disposable cup with lid torn for drinking access on prep table in cook area. Tea urn nozzles and shafts of urns with large buildup of mold. Cooked rice wrapped and plated in walk-in cooler with date of preparation 10 days previous (March 18). Portion cups of slaw uncovered on trays with trays stacked on top of each other where bottom of tray contacts slaw in cups. Manager prepping calamari without hair restraint, cooks without hair restraint, dishwasher without hair restraint. Manager wearing watch, dishwasher wearing bracelets, server prepping salads wearing bracelets. Cloths used to wipe food-contact surfaces laying out of prepared sanitizer at cook line and prep areas. Manager touching face and then starting to help cooks plate food without changing gloves (stopped by inspector). Dishwasher handling clean dishes after loading soiled dishes with same pair of gloves on.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

March 31

Fajitas Mexican Restaurant Mobile No. 1

1210 Thompson Bridge Road, Suite F, Gainesville

Score: 86, Grade: B

No gloves being worn after cooking gorditas and stuffing with cooked meat. Unpackaged food (i.e. bakery breads) on truck in container. Food employee was handling with paper towel to give to customers; however, all food must be wrapped prior to placing on truck. Hot beef (cooked) in container on truck. Meat placed back in restaurant to be placed in gorditas then wrapped. No food shall be prepared on the truck as there is no protection from environmental elements and no hand sink.

Inspector: Shelby Finch

Five Guys Burgers & Fries

658 Dawsonville Highway, Suite A, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Black


7370 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 96, Grade: A

Nozzles and diffusers on self-service coke dispensers with mold and sticky residue.

Inspector: Black

The Palace-3 Lil Pig’s BBQ

1705 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville

Score: 87, Grade: B

Hand sink without paper towels. Baffle of ice machine with mold. Cutting boards with food residue. Shelves throughout kitchen with residue. Floors underneath grill and dry storage racks with residue.

Inspector: Black

April 1

Buffalo’s Cafe

3446 Winder Highway, Suite 101, Flowery Branch

Score: 98, Grade: A

Floors underneath equipment and at floor/wall juncture with debris and water pooled. Ceiling tiles in back of kitchen with damage. Entire kitchen floor still having tile and grout work done.

Inspector: Black

El Kumbala Country Club, Inc.

920 Main St., Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Black

Re-Cess Southern Gastro Pub

118 Bradford St., Gainesville

Score: 91, Grade: A

Employee drink from a unapproved cup in kitchen and storing on shelf. Cloths must be stored in sanitizer between uses and not laying on counters. Pans being stored in prep sink.

Inspector: Black

Subway No. 57590

4347 Mundy Mill Road, Suite A-1, Oakwood

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Wentworth

April 2

Heavenly Sweets & Biscuits

984 Athens St. SE, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Wentworth

Silver Bay Seafood

2415 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 97, Grade: A

Wet cotton towel laying on top of prepared hush puppy. Cloths tucked in apron strings.

Inspector: Wentworth

April 3

Sherry’s Bait & Barbeque

2807 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville

Score: 91, Grade: A

Brisket, chicken hot holding in cabinet about 1.5 hours at temperatures ranging from 92-115 degrees.

Inspector: Wentworth

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