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Kitchen inspections for May 21-June 3
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from May 21-June 3 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 at

To register a complaint against a food service establishment, contact the Hall County Environmental Health Department at 770-531-3973.

May 21
The Hickory Pig
3605 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 91, Grade: A
Blender pitcher not cleaned properly after last use. Utensils need to be cleaned properly to allow sanitizer to work properly. Container with utensils under prep table with utensils stored with food debris on them. Food handler with diamond wedding band. Food handler with watch. Backflow preventer is needed on hose spigot on porch.
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Biscuit Delite
3605 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 84, Grade: B
No paper towels in restroom. Kitchenware, utensils being washed and rinsed but not sanitized. Sanitizer containers with cloths for wiping food contact surfaces with accumulation of food debris. Neither required posting place for inspection had most current inspection posted. No “third” compartment for sanitizing of kitchenware, utensils at designated manual warewashing sink. Wire shelving in biscuit making area dusty — need cleaning. Countertop under ovens needs better cleaning — accumulation of crumbs. Floor needs cleaning under cooking equipment and around both sides of this equipment. Baseboard needs to be installed at floor/wall juncture along wall with cabinets under sinks.
Inspector: Wentworth

May 27
Hibachi Buffet
1500 Browns Bridge Road, Suite 117, Gainesville
Score: 74, Grade: C
Hand sinks have no towels. Hand sinks have no soap. Mold, mildew on ice maker baffle and drink dispenser nozzles. Large pans on counter with chicken in breading mix at 73 F. Store raw chicken in cooler after prep before cooking. Cut fruit on cold bar of buffet out of temperature. Rearrange holding pans and monitor ice bath for more effective cold holding. Five cases of raw chicken on the floor during prep all out of temperature. Sushi on buffet at 65-75 F. Several items below hot holding temperature on buffet. No tphc plan for sushi, etc. Makeline coolers at 51 F and 52 F. Storage on floor. cleaning cloths on counters, equipment, tables, etc. Pans stored wet. Grease collection container dripping onto parking lot. Floors, walls, ceilings need detailed cleaning. Wall surfaces require more frequent cleaning; clean ceiling tiles of dust and grease to prevent dripping onto food and food contact surfaces.
Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

Sno Island
5825 Lanier Island Parkway, Buford
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Wentworth

June 2
Skate Country
2276 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 94, Grade: A
Ice maker baffle with mold, mildew.
Inspector: McDuffie

Harbour Point Yacht Club

3313 Harbour Point Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

El Sombrero No. 9

601 S Enota Drive, Gainesville
Score: 98, Grade: A
Floors throughout need better cleaning, especially under shelving, equipment, etc. Hood system needs cleaning.
Inspector: McDuffie

El Sombrero No. 3

1792 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

June 3
Turnstile Deli-Falcon Parkway
4400 Falcon Parkway,
Flowery Branch
Score: 99, Grade: A
Hood needs cleaning — accumulation of grease inside, on vents, and along edge. Grease that has accumulated has formed drips on edge that can drip onto food, food contact surfaces.
Inspector: Wentworth
Jennifer Messer
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