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Kitchen Inspections: Jan. 20-28
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Jan. 12-22 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 at

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

Jan. 20

Burger and Shake No. 6

3630 Thompson Bridge Road, Suite 14, Gainesville
Score: 81, Grade: B
Can drinks, drinks in plastic cups found in kitchen; all drinks needed in kitchen must be in a single-service cup with a straw and lid. Raw hamburger patties stored directly next to uncovered cheese, lettuce and tomatoes in prep cooler; store raw food underneath the ready-to-eat foods. A gallon container of milk and single-service container of milk were stored in ice machine, where the ice is used for customer drinks; this ice is for customer use only and cannot be used to store foods. Food handlers were not wearing a hair restraint; all food handlers must wear a hat or hairnet. Scoops and ladles were being stored in cups with standing water; either store the utensils in the running dipper well that is on premises, or on a clean and sanitized dry surface.
Inspector: Donna Black

Dairy Queen-Green Street
951 Green St., Gainesville
Score: 94, Grade: A
Ice machine found with mold and mildew on baffle. Can opener, insides of prep coolers at grill area and ice cream front area found with debris.
Inspector: Black

Family Cafe
601 South Enota Drive NE, Suite O, Gainesville
Score: 90, Grade: A
At the start of inspection, the paper towel dispenser at kitchen hand sink was empty and no method of hand-drying was provided. Multiple wiping cloths being stored on prep surfaces in kitchen. Ladle for rice stored in container of room temperature water. Clean utensils stored with handles facing downward so that employee must touch food/lip-contact surface with hand. Handles, gaskets and the inside bottoms of coolers with food residue and debris. Outside handle and rim of rice cooker found with food debris. Mop being stored in bucket, must be allowed to air dry following use. Metal covering on wall behind mechanical dishwasher is peeling off, exposing surface underneath. Employee items being stored on shelving over prep table; must store employee belongings away from food prep areas to prevent contamination.
Inspector: Jennifer Wren

Panera Bread
625 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville
Score: 86, Grade: B
No paper towels at hand sink at beginning of inspection. Employee rinsing blender in hand sink. Sandwich unit not holding potentially hazardous foods at required 41 F or below. Trashcan uncovered in women’s employee restroom. Floor behind and beside stacked washer and dryer was dirty. Employee cellphones found in kitchen.
Inspector: Erin Kincaid

Waterloo Burgers
5315 Atlanta Highway, Flowery Branch
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Yonah Burger
1191 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 86, Grade: B
Box of raw chicken sitting on top of box of bacon and sausage in three-door cooler. Raw chicken stored on shelf next to mushrooms and other ready-to-eat items inside make line cooler. Container of sugar stored on floor in dry storage area. Soiled wiping cloth lying on prep surface of make line cooler. Scoops resting inside both sugar and flour bins with handle touching food. Mops sitting on floor beside service sink. Vegetable sink has pulled away from wall and should be resealed. Hand sink next to three-compartment sink needs to be resealed because food debris has become trapped in remaining caulk. Multiple employee beverages stored on prep surfaces, as well as two cellphones.
Inspector: Wren

Jan. 21

Laurelwood/Northeast Georgia Medical Center
200 Wisteria Drive, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Black

McDonald’s Restaurant No. 1634
707 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 91, Grade: A
Employee’s bottled beverage stored in lowboy cooler with customer food. Food handler wearing bracelets; employees handling food or food contact surfaces must not wear anything on their wrists, which can cause contamination of food. Employee not wearing hair restraint while working with food; must wear hairnet or hat while handling food or food contact surfaces. Wiping cloth lying on prep counter in between uses. No cold water at any of the kitchen hand sinks.
Inspector: Wren

Jan. 22

China Express
3885 Mundy Mill Road Suite 104, Oakwood
Score: 79, Grade: C
Bin of raw chicken stored on shelf over shrimp and frying oil in walk-in cooler; raw meat must be stored in order of internal cooking temperature. Many food items (egg rolls, fried chicken, spring rolls, cut broccoli, etc.) in multiple coolers were left uncovered; food must be covered to protect from overhead contamination. No system of date-marking on food. Food must be labeled with either date of preparation/opening or date of disposition; can keep food prepared on site (or package opened) for seven days, including day of preparation. Did not have thermometer on site for testing cook temperatures; must have at least one appropriate temperature-measuring device at all times.
Inspector: Wren

Dunkin Donuts
504 Queen City Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 91, Grade: A
Baffle in icemaker found with mold and mildew growth. Sheet pans stacked wet after cleaning and sanitizing. Trash receptacles in women’s restroom not covered. Employee beverage in single-use disposable cup left on prep table.
Inspector: Wren

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
5857 Spout Springs Road, Suite A305, Flowery Branch
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Wentworth

Mykonos Kouzzina And Pizzeria
4949 Lanier Islands Parkway Suite 111, Buford
Score: 97, Grade: A
Knives and spatulas were being stored in container of standing water. Shelf underneath grill area, area underneath grill, top of dishwasher and cart at dish area all found with residue.
Inspector: Black

Taqueria Silao
1710 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville
Score: 81, Grade: B
Food handler did not change gloves and wash hands between touching raw steak and ready-to-eat foods. Raw shrimp, fish, and steak stored above ready-to-eat foods in low boy cooler. Single-use utensils stored food/lip contact surface up.
Inspector: Kincaid

Waffle House No. 1543
509 Dawsonville Highway SW, Gainesville
Score: 98, Grade: A
Floor tiles in kitchen area are missing; some have been repaired.
Inspector: Black

Jan. 23

Dunkin’ Donuts
3629 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood
Score: 94, Grade: A
Several employee drinks throughout kitchen in unapproved cups or stored in places that allows for contamination of prep surfaces. Metal sheet pans stacked wet. Bottle of lotion found sitting on prep surface.
Inspector: Kincaid

Marco’s Pizza No. 8226
7380 Spout Springs Road Suite 400, Flowery Branch
Score: 98, Grade: A
Test strips for quaternary ammonium sanitizer had become wet and dyed purple, and were therefore unusable for testing sanitizer concentration. Lid of outdoor dumpster was broken at one end, allowing water to collect in trash receptacle.
Inspector: Wren

Oriental Express II
1703 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville
Score: 85, Grade: B
No system of date-marking in place for food kept on premises for longer than 24 hours. Bottles of nutritional supplements stored on shelf over prep counter. Lotion/coconut oil stored with supplements over prep table. No method for measuring internal cooking temperature of food. Pan of raw chicken stored on floor in walk-in cooler. Brooms were being cleaned in compartment for rinsing in three-compartment sink.
Inspector: Wren

Shogun Japanese Steak House
5855 Spout Springs Road Suite A401, Flowery Branch
Score: 92, Grade: A
Knives put back on knife magnetic with food residue; peeler, mallet and ladles with food residue and stored in dirty container with food residue. Cloths found lying on counters, prep tables not stored in sanitizer. Shelves are being lined with cloths and aluminum foil throughout the entire kitchen. Soy sauce buckets have been cut and made into holders for pans.
Inspector: Black

Jan. 26

Domino’s Pizza No. 5752
2550 Limestone Parkway A, Gainesville
Score: 98, Grade: A
Seam in ceiling at entrance of walk-in cooler was leaking droplets of water. Vegetable sink needs to be resealed because food debris has become trapped in remaining caulk, which is not easily cleanable.
Inspector: Wren

Jan. 28

Locos Deli
601 S. Enota Drive, Gainesville
Score: 92, Grade: A
Can opener blade with buildup of food residue. Mold growth on baffle in ice maker. Spray bottles of chemicals were not labeled.
Inspector: Wren

McDonald’s Restaurant No. 27164
2105 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 94, Grade: A
Ice from a beverage had been dumped in hand washing sink at front of kitchen. Sheet pans stacked wet after cleaning and sanitizing. Heavy ice buildup found in walk-in freezer underneath evaporator and on ceiling and walls over food.
Inspector: Wren

Steak ‘N Shake
3525 Thurmon Tanner Parkway, Oakwood
Score: 93, Grade: A
Bun racks stored under counter in back storage/office area where employees store personal items can be stored and employees are allowed to eat. Food handler working prep table with may string type bracelets on wrist. No inspection report posted in designated location. Food service permit was not on display in designated area. Scoop for sauteed onions lying on top of the onions in the container; handle touching onions. Trash found behind dumpsters, boxes stuck under dumpsters and dumpster area drain was backed up.
Inspector: Wentworth

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