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Kitchen inspections: July 17-21
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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.


Little Caesars No. 1592-10

5866 Spout Springs Road, Suite D, Flowery Branch

Score: 89, Grade: B

More active managerial control needed in areas of proper cleaning and sanitizing of equipment and utensils, procedures when using time as a public health control for uncooked dough and pizza, and physical facility cleaning and maintenance. Bulk container of flour stored on prep table counter with no cover or lid, keep foods covered when stored between uses. Accumulated food debris and residues on food contact surfaces of stored utensils (pizza cutters, tongs, ladle, pans, metal tubs and plastic containers). Dirty utensils stacked on drainboard and basins of three-compartment sink with no area or space available to place utensils to set up sink compartments correctly wash, rinse and sanitize. Accumulated food debris and greasy film on surfaces of three-compartment sink basins and clean side drainboard for air drying. Accumulated debris and residues on non-food contact surfaces of dough mixer, table top dough stretcher, speed racks and rack shelving at warewashing area.

Inspector: Linda Hoffhines


Mama Ruth’s Kitchen

804 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A

Coolers without designated areas for storing employee personal foods and items. Must have an area designated for employee products so that possible contamination of food items will not occur.

COS: Employee items taken out of cooler.

Inspector: Evan Biles



Alpha Grill LLC

215 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth


Chick-Fil-A Jesse Jewell Parkway

1917 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

New permit.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth


Starbucks No. 632

4025 Winder Highway, Flowery Branch

Score: 100, Grade: A

New permit.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth



McDonald’s Restaurant No. 24613

4810 Golden Parkway, Buford

Score: 94, Grade: A

Sliced lettuce in walk in cooler cooling very slowly in containers tightly wrapped in plastic. Most recent inspection score of 87 posted in dining room but could not be found in drive-thru windows. Max temperature recorded on spray type chemical warewasher recorded at 111 F after four cycles; must be at least 120 F for these machines. Door to one dumpster left open, and another with the lid open allowing flies to congregate around trash.

Inspector: Evan Biles


The Palace-3 Lil Pig’s BBQ

1705 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville

Score: 81, Grade: B

Canned tomatoes and diced onions on rack in kitchen found bearing a best by date of February 2013. Open tray holding unwrapped plastic forks, knives, and spoons not approved for use because of the potential for consumers to contaminate food-lip contact surface when retrieving the utensil. Bleach being used as sanitizer on site however no chlorine test strips available. All trash cans in women’s restroom without lids. Gaps big enough for entry of insects and rodents present between doors at two entrances to establishment.

Inspector: Evan Biles



Burger-Shake Inc.

6443 Cleveland Highway, Clermont

Score: 95, Grade: A

Accumulated food debris hanging from wire racks in walk-in cooler. Labels on racks discolored and holding debris and moisture. Surfaces of paper towel dispensers, soap dispensers, hand sink basins, A/C unit by back hand sink and warewashing area floor fan have accumulated buildup or dust. Handles to bulk food containers and cooking/cold holding equipment have accumulated debris. Riser lids for grease trap and septic tanks not secured in place and easily come off when touched or bumped.

Inspector: Linda Hoffhines


Starbucks CoffeeCompany No. 8761

821 Dawsonville Highway, Suite 210, Gainesville

Score: 98, Grade: A

Only thermometers available not capable of performing irreversible temperature recording. Pressure gauge on hot water sanitizing dish machine not working.  Cardboard dumpster missing drain plug allowing possible entry of insects, pests, etc. into dumpster and fluids, liquids out of dumpster.

Inspector: Evan Biles

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