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Kitchen inspections, Jan. 9-23
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Jan. 5-7 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 health.state.ga.us/programs/envservices/index.asp.

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

Jan. 9

Julie’s Helados

1714 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Donna Black

Jan. 14

Chick-fil-A at Stonebridge Village

5905 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 99, Grade: A
Grease spilled around grease container, on top of grease container and accumulated at Dumpster drain. Floors need better cleaning under service area counters, soda dispensing units and under ice machine.
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Waffle House No. 1543

509 Dawsonville Highway,
Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

Jan. 15

Double D Burger
2236 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

Texas Roadhouse

895 Dawsonville Highway,
Gainesville
Score: 90, Grade: A
Can opener with metal shavings, soda gun, coke nozzles, knives, knife magnet, glasses at bar all with food residue. Repeat violation: Cloths not stored in sanitizer buckets on floor and some buckets with debris and sanitizer not testing. Coolers at bar need to be repaired to prevent water from pooling in bottom. Floors and walls need cleaning throughout kitchen — wall in beer section of walk in cooler needs cleaning.
Inspector: Black

Inman Perk Coffee, LLC at Spout Springs Library

6488 Spout Springs Road,
Flowery Branch
Score: 95, Grade: A
Bags of coffee stored on countertop right next to hand sink in dishwashing room, roll of plastic wrap stored on top of ice machine right next to handsink in serving/prep area. Current inspection not posted — not found at facility. Box of single-serve cups in box stored on floor.
Inspector: Wentworth

Jan. 16

Friendship Auction

981 Atlanta Highway, Buford
Score: 92, Grade: A
Food handler washing hands in three-compartment sink. Food handler not wearing proper hair restraint. Restroom (women’s) needs floor/wall juncture sealed behind toilet, the curtains on the wall need to be removed to allow walls to be more cleanable and floor needs more scrubbing, especially floor/wall junctures around sink (vanity). Both lids and one of the side doors is open on the Dumpster.
Inspector: Wentworth

Everyday Cafe

922 Gainesville Highway, Suite 104, Buford
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Wentworth

McDonald’s

4810 Golden Parkway, Buford
Score: 89, Grade: B
Employee’s properly contained drink stored on top of iced coffee urn. Containers not scrubbed enough to remove labels so gummy labels contacting inside of container it has been stacked on. Current inspection not posted at front counter and CFSM certification certificate taped over part of inspection. Inspection at drive-through laying on sill. Cabinet under self-serve drink station needs good cleaning. Dumpster door left open. Baseboard tiles need repair in mop sink, washing machine area; tiles have fallen off wall. Better cleaning needed behind fryers at floor/wall juncture and under equipment at drive thru — trash food accumulation under this equipment. Ceiling panels damaged over self-service drink area — water damage.
Inspector: Wentworth

Keith Bridge Petro

2808 Gillsville Highway, Gillsville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Wentworth

Jan. 20

China Garden

4850 Golden Parkway, Buford
Score: 98, Grade: A
Dumpsters open, area has all accumulation of trash. Grout missing in several places on tile floor. Screen door is damaged.
Inspector: McDuffie

Sweetfire Lodge

1701 Browns Bridge Road,
Gainesville
Score: 91, Grade: A
Dishwasher washing gloves at handsink after loading dirty kitchenware into dishwasher and before unloading clean kitchenware.
Inspector: Wentworth

Catering By Our House

5190 Browns Bridge Road,
Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

Jan. 21

La Bamba

2052 Candler Highway, Gainesville
Score: 94, Grade: A
Ground beef above salad dressings. No detectable sanitizer in cloth storage buckets and solution dirty. Clean insides of microwave and base of food blender. Repeat violation: Floor tiles and coved baseboard pulling up at three-comp sink area. Damaged ceiling tiles in restroom and kitchen.
Inspector: Black

Subway — Spout Springs

7380 Spout Springs Road, Suite 400, Flowery Branch
Score: 97, Grade: A
Storage on the floor of dry stock area. Observed employee with no hair restraint.
Inspector: McDuffie

Papa John’s Pizza

4605 Elk Ridge Court,
Flowery Branch
Score: 98, Grade: A
Gaskets on pizza makeline have an accumulation of dried food and flour. Dumpster area has trash on the ground. Fans in walk in and vents in hood have a buildup of dust.
Inspector: McDuffie

Pollo Campero

504 Queen City Parkway,
Gainesville
Score: 95, Grade: A
Dicer and lemon wedger stored with food debris on them, Storage in storage building outside is mostly on floor.
Inspector: Wentworth

Jan. 22

Burger King

4760 Friendship Road, Buford
Score: 99, Grade: A
Grease container is dripping in Dumpster enclosure. Mop sink has broken grout in some areas.
Inspector: McDuffie

Jan. 23

Grapes & Hops Bar and Bistro (The Club Room DBA)

4856 B Hog Mountain Road,
Flowery Branch
Score: 98, Grade: A
No test strips for sanitizer. Gaskets on make line cooler have food debris. Grease container has dripping in Dumpster enclosure. Dust on ceiling tiles and wall near exhaust hood. Floor near hot water heater and storage have an accumulation of trash, etc. Unshielded light in exhaust hood.
Inspector: McDuffie

Megan Gill

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