The following are among the food service establishments inspected from July 6-16 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 dph.georgia.gov/environmental-health-inspections.
To register a complaint against a food service establishment, contact the Hall County Environmental Health Department at 770-531-3973.
Brenda’s Country Cafe
3003 Gillsville Highway, Gainesville
Score: 95, Grade: A
Cloths not being stored in sanitizer between uses; keep all cloths submerged in sanitizer. Lights in kitchen were missing black end caps and plastic sheath; replace these items.
Domino’s Pizza No. 3572
4841 Hog Mountain Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 99, Grade: A
Dumpster door found open. Keep door shut when facility is not in use to prevent attraction of pests and rodents.
1500 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
Gaskets of walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer were torn and peeling. Replace gaskets to ensure coolers maintain proper temperatures. Grout and sealant holding the three-compartment and vegetable sinks to the wall was deteriorating, leaving gaps between the equipment and the wall. Equipment must remain sealed to adjoining wall to allow for adequate cleaning. Plastic bin holding clean lids in the vegetable prep room had accumulations of food debris. Nonfood contact surfaces must be kept free of food debris and accumulations. Vent hood above oven was dusty; clean at a frequency that is adequate to prevent accumulations. Accumulation of food debris was found on floor behind silverware washing machine. Wallpaper found peeling in service room. Hole found in ceiling above soda vending machine. Physical facilities must be maintained in good repair.
Hall County Correctional Institution
1694 Barber Road, Gainesville
Score: 87, Grade: B
Hot water sanitizing dish machine not reaching required 180 F; adjust booster heater to keep final rinse to 180 F. Walk-in cooler, first cooler, not holding potentially hazardous foods at 41 F or below.
272 Dawsonville Highway Suite A, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Little Caesars No. 1592-10
5866 Spout Springs Road Suite D, Flowery Branch
Score: 94, Grade: A
Table mount and can opener beside dough prep station had heavy buildup of food debris. Clean food contact surfaces frequently to prevent accumulations. Shelving beside three-compartment sink that was holding clean utensils and pans had encrusted grease. Shelving between hot holding units had accumulations of food debris. Clean all nonfood contact surfaces frequently to prevent build-up.
Pig Tales Lake Lanier LLC
6800 Lights Ferry Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 83, Grade: B
Baked beans and queso dip on steam table with temperatures of baked beans from 92-140 F and queso 78 F from reheating in oven. Leftovers to be reheated for hot holding must be reheated to 165 F within two hours and hot held at 135 F or above for service. Many filled spray bottles were found with chemicals that were unlabeled; must label these bottles with common name of chemical to insure proper chemicals are used as required. Food handler wearing watch; the only jewelry that may be worn is a plain ring such as a wedding band. Food handler was removing tomatoes from shipping box and cutting without washing vegetables first. Fruits and vegetables must be washed before preparation. Single service items in boxes were found on the floor in dry storage. To protect food from any possible contamination and to allow for easy cleaning of floors underneath, storage should be 6 inches off the floor.
Cheddar’s Casual Cafe
1195 Dawsonville Highway NW, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Chattahoochee Country Club
3000 Club Drive, Gainesville
Score: 98, Grade: A
Floor under prep table area, pizza oven and area, and dish machine in bar found with accumulation of food debris and trash; especially at the floor and wall juncture. Paint was peeling above FRP, behind dish machine in kitchen. Keep floors clean to prevent possible attraction of insects and rodents. Repaint above dish machine in kitchen to prevent flaking paint from falling onto food contact surfaces that are cleaned and sanitized at dish machine.
The Twisted Oar
6900 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford
Score: 53, Grade: U
Within 90 days to obtain CFSM for new food service permit, but PIC designated not able to give correct responses to food safety questions relating to the practices such as cooling of cooked foods, proper cooking temperatures of raw animal foods, operation of dish machine and when proper hand washing is required. In lieu of CFSM, PIC needs to be able to train and monitor employees in basic food safety practices. Food handlers were not washing hands between glove changes. Gloves discarded and new pairs put on without required hand washing taking place in between. Employee’s drink in plastic Coke glass was found on shelf below prep table; drinks may be in the kitchen in disposable single-service cups with secure lids and a straw. No hand washing sink in dish washing area that would be easily accessible for dishwashers and food handlers on that end of cook alley. Previous kitchen configuration had hand sink between three-compartment sink and dishwasher; 30 days to install hand sink in this area. Chemical sanitizing dish machine was not reaching required 120 F to loosen food debris so dishes can be rinsed and sanitizer is effective. Ran unit several times and hottest temperature achieved was 112 F. Slicer and potato cutter not being cleaned on regular basis; found with dried food debris. Clean and sanitize after use and before next use. Chicken wings were being partially cooked and held for orders where wings will be then cooked to proper or required temperature. Raw animal foods must be cooked to their required minimum internal temperature. Sandwich prep units not holding potentially hazardous foods at required 41 F or below; hold either cold at 41 F or below or hot at 135 F or above. Pork shoulders smoked yesterday and taken off smoker last night were in wrapped bus tub in walk-in cooler with temperature of 58 F. Cooked potentially hazardous foods to be cooled must cool from 135 F to 70 F within two hours, and from 135 F to 41 F within a total of six hours. Cut fries in buckets were found on step-up in prep area uncovered for prep as needed at fryer. Move fries to location where food debris, etc. cannot come in contact with food, up and off step. Food handler was not wearing proper hair restraint at start of inspection. Food handlers need some sort of hair restraint when working with food. Many dry wiping cloths used to wipe food spills in kitchen with food debris, but not stored in sanitizer solution as required between uses. No service sink found for the dumping of mop water and the cleaning of maintenance tools. A service sink is required; 30 days to install. Numerous flies found in the kitchen; fly paper was full that was hanging on wall on either side of hand sink. Contact pest control operator to research options for fly control in a food service. Front door left open allowing flies to enter dining room and find their way to the kitchen.
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth