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Kitchen inspections for Sept. 25-30
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Sept. 25-30 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.


Sept. 25


3652 Mundy Mill Road, Gainesville

Score: 94, Grade: A

Broken thermometer in walk-in freezer. Gaskets on most makelines and coolers heavily damaged. Gaskets on cooler have accumulation of mold, mildew, food debris, water. Dumpster and grease container open. Hood system dripping grease.

Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

Moe’s Southwest Grill No. 649

3602 Southland Drive,
Flowery Branch

Score: 88, Grade: B

Can-opener with dried food debris; soft drink nozzles with accumulation. AC vent leaking onto storage shelf on single-serve items, canned goods, storage containers and bags of salt, rice, beans. Plastic containers stacked wet-nested. Allow utensils to completely air dry before stacking and storing. Hand sinks and vegetable prep sink not sealed to wall. Cove molding missing at mop sink, soft drink area.

Inspector: McDuffie

Sept. 28


995 Riverside Drive,

Score: 97, Grade: A

Gaskets on makelines damaged. Dumpster plugs missing on both dumpsters. Threshold of walk-in freezer needs to be repaired.

Inspector: McDuffie

Mama Ruth’s

804 Atlanta Highway,

Score: 92, Grade: A

Coke dispenser nozzles, icemaker interior have mold, mildew. Gaskets on refrigerator and makeline need replacement. Gaskets have an accumulation of dried food debris, mold, mildew.

Inspector: McDuffie

The Honey Baked Ham Co. and Cafe

1237 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 88, Grade: B

Hand sink did not get above 85 F. Cutting board on sandwich makeline has stains, mold, mildew, etc. Employee without hair restraint. Cleaning cloths on counters, equipment. Holes in hand sink.

Inspector: McDuffie

Smoothie King

890 Dawsonville Highway, Ste. E, Gainesville

Score: 92, Grade: A

Need a food-probe thermometer to take internal temperature of potentially hazardous foods. No sanitizer bucket set up, cloths out on counter tops. Scoops have food debris in water well. Bottoms of blenders have grime and buildup.

Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines

Sept. 29

Sweetfire Lodge

1701 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 90, Grade: A

Cooked potentially hazardous foods — soup, prime rib — not cooled as required within a total of six hours from 135 degrees F to 41 degrees within six hours. Both products in cooler overnight at 48 to 49 degrees. Walk-in cooler evaporator leaking from drip pan in meat storage portion of walk-in cooler into large Lexan container.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

New Horizons North

2020 Beverly Road, N.E., Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A

Spigots over fryers with grease, evaporator fans in walk-in cooler with debris.

Inspector: Black

Eat At Thai

975 Dawsonville Highway No. 7, Gainesville

Score: 93, Grade: A

Foods in cooler not covered. Cloths not in sanitizer and laying on prep surfaces.

Inspector: Black

Sept. 30

Inman Perk Coffee

102 Washington St., N.W., Gainesville

Score: 90, Grade: A

Spoons stored in container with residue and residue transferred onto spoons. Food handler with painted nails and bracelets. Inspection report and servsafe certificate not posted. Ice cream scoops in standing water. Remove ice build up in reach in cooler.

Inspector: Black

Wang’s Chinese

4211 McEver Road, No. 201, Oakwood

Score: 95, Grade: A

Foods not covered. Keep ginger root (since it is sliced per order), orange wedges in a container and not laying directly on shelf. Area of stainless steel wall at dish machine pulling away and several hand sinks, prep sinks, etc., need resealing back to walls.

Inspector: Black

Jennifer Messer

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