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Kitchen Inspections: Jan. 21-28
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Jan. 21-28 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. 21

Durango Mobile

1705 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville.

Score: 67, Grade: U

Raw chicken was stored in grocery bags above ready to eat food items in cooler. Drink nozzles on soda dispenser observed with a heavy bild up of mold and mildew.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth


JAN. 25

Burger King No. 13982

4778 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford.

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: T’Shane Williams


Domino’s Pizza No. 5752

2550 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville.

Score: 99, Grade: A

The lid and both doors to the dumpster were found open.

Inspector: Holly Cochran


Five Guys Burgers & Fries

658 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville.

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Williams


Longhorn Steakhouse

 No. 5054

1709 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

Score: 96, Grade: A

Cloths used for wiping food contact surfaces found not being stored in sanitizer.

Inspector: Donna Black


Woody’s Pharmacy Inc.

5226 Dahlonega Highway, Clermont.

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Gill


JAN. 26

Cook Out No. 173

3626 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood.

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Gill


Gainesville Civic Center

830 Green St., Gainesville.

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Gill


Dairy Queen

3156 Frontage Road, Gainesville.

Score: 92, Grade: A

The baffle inside the ice machine observed with an accumulation of mold. Heavy food debris and grease buildup observed on and within the coolers and deep freezers next to grill and sandwich unit.

Inspector: Williams

Catering Unlimited

3035 Duckett Mill Road, Gainesville.

Score: 94, Grade: A

Holes observed in the ceiling panels of the dry storage area.

Inspector: Williams


Sweet Magnolias

118 Main St. SW, Gainesville.

Score: 95, Grade: A

Nozzles of soda machine observed with accumulations.

Inspector: Cochran

JAN. 27

El Sombrero No. 6

5900 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch. 

Score: 90, Grade: A

Cup observed being used as an ice scoop.

Inspector: Black


Hibachi Buffet 

3626 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood.

Score: 80, Grade: B

No paper towels were available at hand sinks in kitchen and prep areas. Containers of food were observed being stored uncovered in coolers and kitchen areas. A pan of salmon what taken to the buffet with an internal temperature reading below the required temperature.

Inspector: Gill


Waffle House No. 1554

4770 Friendship Road, Buford.

Score: 99, Grade: A

Inspector: Black


JAN. 28

Burger King No. 7947

1337 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville.

Score: 98, Grade: A

Shelving in sink area observed with a heavy accumulation of rust.

Inspector: Gill


Fuji Hibachi Express

229 EE Butler Parkway, Gainesville.

Score: 81, Grade: B

Employees observed washing hands using water only, and using paper towels to remove food debris from forearms. Fried egg rolls observed being placed on nonsanitized food safe surfaces to cool and absorb oil. 

Inspector: Wentworth


Jimmy Johns 

333 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville. 

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Williams


Joes Muggs @ Books A Million

150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville.

Score: 96, Grade: A

Employees observed not wearing hair restraints.

Inspector: Williams


Ricks Smoking Pig BBQ

1011 Riverside Drive, Gainesville.

Score: 94, Grade: A

Residue observed on the interior serfaces of the ice machine.

Inspector: Wentworth

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