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Kitchen inspections for March 9-17
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from March 9-17 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-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 9

Shogun Japanese Steak House
5855 Spout Springs Road, Suite A401, Flowery Branch
Score: 93, Grade: A
Sanitizer for cloth buckets too high per test strips. Containers of chemicals not labeled with common name of chemical. Knives and spatulas stored on rolling cart on side with wire between uses. Raw wood pallets on floor for elevation in sushi bar behind counter need to be painted to seal raw wood. Veggie sink and meat sink pulling away from wall.
Inspector: Shelby Finch

Dairy Queen
300 Shallowford Road, Gainesville
Score: 81, Grade: B
Mold, mildew in ice maker; sundae cooler, moolatte and soft-serve machines need detailed cleaning on all food contact surfaces. Sundae cooler on a timer causing all foods to be held out of temperature. Serving spoons held in cups of room temperature water. Plastic spoons, condiments in containers with food debris. Lids, etc., stored on counter with water, coffee, etc. All hand sinks need to be sealed to wall. Shelves in kitchen need detailed cleaning, some items in greasy boxes. Grease container dripping in dumpster enclosure. Dumpster open. Floors (especially in walk-in freezer and under dry storage) need detailed cleaning. Cove molding in cabinet under drink dispenser and outside of walk in cooler need resealing to wall.
Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

Sweet MonkeyFrozen Yogurt
890 Dawsonville Highway, Suite D, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

The Monkey Barrel
115 Washington St., Gainesville
Score: 94, Grade: A
Coke glass with straw on cutting board at start of inspection. Spoon for serving spinach dip laying in container of dip. Concrete painted bar floor is peeling in many places.
Inspector: Wentworth

March 10

Curt's Restaurant
3440 Branch Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 99, Grade: A
Two tables with contact paper on bottom shelves need contact paper removed and shelves sealed with an epoxy paint. Hand sinks in kitchen and restrooms have come away from the walls.
Inspector: McDuffie

World Language Academy
4670 Winder Highway, Flowery Branch
Score: 90, Grade: A
Slicer knife (blade) cradle with dried food debris. Many prepared food items from several days ago in walk-in cooler not date-labeled.
Inspector: Wentworth

Johnny's BBQ, Inc.
1710 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville
Score: 99, Grade: A
Forks and spoons for customers not presented so customers only touch handles - laying in baskets.
Inspector: Wentworth

Captain Billy's Steak and Seafood
380 Cleveland Highway, Clermont
Score: 78, Grade: C
Grocery bag used to store meat and bones for glaze in stand-up freezer. Green beans and other vegetable stored in upright cooler by oven was below beef. Cheesecakes stored in unrefridgerated display case in dining area near salad bar. Food service permit was not displayed. Most current food service inspection was not posted and not within 15 feet of front door. Tongs being stored on front of oven door between uses. Coffee mugs stored on trays with food debris. Bowls beneath hot hold area for food had food debris inside. Plates below food prep table near grill had food splatters on the side. Large metal pans in dry storage were not inverted. No chlorine test strips available to monitor the strength of sanitizer being dispensed in dish machine.
Inspector: Finch

Las Palomas
3050 Athens Highway
Score: 83, Grade: B
Georgia law required a CFSM on staff by Dec. 1, 2009. All foods in reach-in cooler out of temperature — date marking indicates the foods were placed in cooler on March 8 and March 9 have not reached required temperature. Foods prepared today at 9 a.m. on counter to cool; inappropriate cooling method.
Inspector: McDuffie

Happy China
2458 Limestone Parkway, No. D, Gainesville
Score: 87, Grade: B
Raw chicken, beef on top of ready to eat foods in coolers. Pan of chicken on floor in walk-in cooler. Coolers with debris inside and need to be cleaned.
Inspector: Donna Black

Central Avenue Cafe
582 Central Ave., Suite B, Gainesville
Score: 98, Grade: A
Single service items on floor in dry storage and coffee straws for customer self service not wrapped. Personal items (note pads, papers, etc) on top of foods, ice machine near door opening, etc.
Inspector: Black

4504 Cornelia Highway, Unit 3, Lula
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Black

400 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
Chicken that has expired Chick-fil-A hot holding standards being put into Lexan container in reach-in cooler to cool (and be used in chicken salad), but container completely cool with varying temperatures so accurate time frame and rapid cooling may be a challenge. Shelving in breading cooler with accumulation of food debris.
Inspector: Wentworth

March 11

587 S Enota Drive, Gainesville
Score: 90, Grade: A
Interior surfaces of icemaker have mold, mildew. Gasket on front salad cooler damaged - replace to provide a smooth, durable, and easily cleanable surface. Hood system dripping grease. Dumpster open. Grease container dripping in enclosure. Floors have accumulations, especially under equipment. Cove tile outside of and inside walk-in cooler no longer attached - floor tiles and grout loose in several areas - 10-12 floor tiles missing, allowing water to accumulate.
Inspector: McDuffie

March 15

Kiku Japanese Steak and Sushi house
821 Dawsonville Highway, Suite 260, Gainesville
Score: 99, Grade: A
Floors throughout need better cleaning, especially under equipment and shelving.
Inspector: McDuffie

Mestizo Southwest Grill
1210 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 92, Grade: A
Coke nozzles and diffusers with heavy mold, syrup residue. Cloths stored in dirty water with low level of sanitizer detected. Floors and walls in water heater room with syrup spills on floor and wall from old coke lines that are in room.
Inspector: Black

East Hall Middle School
4120 E Hall Road, Gainesville
Score: 90, Grade: A
Hot water sanitizing dish machine final rinse pressure above required psi.
COS dishmachine shut down. Hot water sanitizing dish machine final rinse temperature above allowed temperature. No sneezeguards to protect foods on serving line on second shelf and bottom (top) of both serving lines. Hot water sanitizing dish machine wash temperature not reaching required temperature. Fans attached to walls throughout kitchen all need better dusting, especially the backs, to prevent dust from falling onto food, food contact surfaces.
Inspector: Wentworth

March 16

Laura's Kitchen
711 D Industrial Blvd., Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Wentworth

Pizing Wings and Things
4977 Friendship Road, Buford
Score: 90, Grade: A
Employee touching dirty dishes, rinsed gloved hands with sprayer at three-compartment sink then touched lettuce. Replace damaged, missing ceiling tiles-change out wrong kind of ceiling tile at bar area and new food area. Key, cigarettes, wrench, etc., on shelf with foods and kitchenware.
Inspector: Black

Wings Deli
845 Queen City Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 80, Grade: B
No certified food safety manager (CFSM) on staff. Food handler not washing hands between glove changes. Coke diffuser, tea urn nozzle with buildup of mold. Prep table end used for storage of inverted to-go containers very sticky due to grease accumulation; clean more frequently. Need to clean beside fryers and around wok.
Inspector: Wentworth

March 17

Divana Mediterranean Grill
3446 Winder Highway, Flowery Branch
Score: 98, Grade: A
Shelves inside cabinets, outsides of doors with residue. Floors need cleaning underneath grill area — replace missing coved baseboard back to wall.
Inspector: Black


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