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Kitchen inspections for Oct. 28-Nov.5
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Oct. 28-Nov. 5 by the Hall County Environmental Health Department. New rules and regulations for food service began on Dec. 1, 2007. Food service establishments will now be 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 will be conducted based on risk categorization. The risk type shall be 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 new 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.

Oct. 28

Autumn Breeze

2215 Old Hamilton Place, Gainesville

Score: 92, Grade: A

Drinking cup on prep table without lid and straw. Several pans, food processor blade, scoops and other utensils with food residue.

Inspector: Donna Black

Papa Jack’s Country Kitchen

7437 B Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 70, Grade: C

Food uncovered in storage. Soda and tea urn nozzles have mold, mildew. Cooler in cook area not holding food at required temperature. Food in cooler since last night has not reached required temperature. No foods in storage marked with prep date. Thermometers broken, inaccurate in coolers. Storage on floor in dry storage area, cooler, freezer and other areas; prep sinks being used for dumping, storage of dirty dishes. Cleaning cloths on all surfaces — tables, equipment, etc. Utensil drawers have food debris. Gaskets on make line and prep cooler in cook area damaged. Gaskets on walk ins need better cleaning. Grease container leaking onto ground in dumpster enclosure. Floors throughout have accumulation of food, water.

Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

Oct. 29

Mac’s Pit Stop Grill

3008 McEver Road,

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: McDuffie

Subs of Gainesville

984 Riverside Drive,

Score: 84, Grade: B

Hand sink blocked with towels and spray bottle in it and a ladder in front of it. Soda nozzles with buildup. One walk in cooler gasket damaged. Drain tray on soda machine has mold, mildew. Hand sink not attached to wall. Floors throughout need better cleaning. Bulb out in walk-in. Dead insects on floors under, behind equipment and shelving; employees state that they are there every day when they open.

Inspector: McDuffie

Domino’s Pizza

2550 A Limestone Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 95, Grade: A

Replace missing paper towels in ladies restroom. Plastic containers being stacked wet.

Inspector: Black

Taco Bell No. 4317

1409 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A

Dumpsters open. Floors need better cleaning.

Inspector: McDuffie

Oct. 30

South Hall Middle School

4335 Atlanta Highway,
Flowery Branch

Score: 94, Grade: A

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Los Tres Hermanos

2115 Athens Highway, Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A

Trash on the ground in dumpster enclosure.

Inspector: McDuffie

The Coffee Shop at Lawrence Pharmacy

631 Broad St., Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Shelby Finch

Nov. 2

Golden Buddha

3715 Mundy Mill Road,

Score: 81, Grade: B

Tea urns stored with tea residue, ice machines and coke machine nozzles had some mold, mildew. Rice cooked day before, cooling in walk-in cooler and above 41 degrees F. Prepared ready-to-eat foods not date labeled.

Inspector: Finch

Subway No. 39661

3875 Mundy Mill Road,

Score: 97, Grade: A

Wiping cloths stored in sanitizer bucket with immeasurable amount of sanitizer concentration with the provided test strips.

Inspector: Finch

Nov. 3

Biscuit Delight

3605 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 87, Grade: B

Food handler charged gloves without washing hands between glove changes. Rolling pin laying over trash can at biscuit table. Cabinets with ovens need to be sealed to floor to prevent crumbs, mop water from accumulating underneath. Cabinet top (counter) under biscuit ovens needs to be cleaned — accumulation of crumbs. Hood vents and inside hood needs cleaning — large accumulation of grease that can drip into food prepared below. Wire shelving throughout kitchen dusty. Plastic sheaths over fluorescent lights need cleaning — accumulation of dust, grease. Dumpster needs to be put back on concrete, asphalt and dumpster needs a drain plug. Wood baseboard needs to be sealed to floor throughout kitchen — especially behind cabinets with biscuit ovens to prevent accumulation of grease, food, water underneath. Floors need better cleaning especially at floor/wall juncture. Floor (linoleum) damaged in cook/service area and does not seal to wall, cabinets — needs to be repaired.

Inspector: Wentworth

Nov. 4

Sylvester Jones Elementary

Sixth Street, Chicopee

Score: 95, Grade: A

Container of sour cream opened and covered partially with foil for students self-service not totally protected from contamination. Gasket ripped on door of cold holding pass-thru (both sides) and separating from door on bottom (backside). Ceiling dusty, moldy in front of evaporator (right one) in walk-in cooler.

Inspector: Wentworth

Behind The Nest

3621 Mundy Mill Road,

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Wentworth

Nov. 5


1235 Jesse Jewel Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 96, Grade: A

Tea nozzles have accumulation, icemaker with pink slime mold on baffle.

Inspector: McDuffie

Reid’s Cafe

5337 Thompson Bridge Road, Murrayville

Score: 95, Grade: A

Drink nozzles with accumulation. Gaskets on hot hold unit, make-line and walk-in coolers, freezer damaged.

Inspector: McDuffie

Casa Camarillo

5200 Thompson Bridge Road, Murrayville

Score: 87, Grade: B

Make line temperatures above required. Hot holding temperatures below required. Cheese sauce cooling since Nov. 3 not at required temperature. Food stored on floor of cooler. Employees without hair restraint. Cooks with cleaning towels in apron strings. Dumpster on grass.

Inspector: McDuffie

Jennifer Messer

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