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Kitchen Inspections: June 15-17
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from June 15-17 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.

June 15

New Horizons Limestone
2020 Beverly Road NE, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
Juice dispenser at drink station had accumulations of mold. Clean all food contact surfaces at a frequency that is adequate to prevent accumulation.
Inspector: Holly Cochran

Papa’s Pizza To Go
6483 Cleveland Highway, Clermont
Score: 95, Grade: A
Employees without hair restraint at beginning of inspection; food handlers must wear proper hair restraint. No test strips for chemical sanitizer. Test strips must be provided to accurately measure the concentration of sanitizing solution. Obtain a test kit.
Inspector: Erin Kincaid

June 16

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar
1705 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 76, Grade: C
Employee opened yogurt was found in cooler in the bar area wrapped in a napkin, sitting on top of uncovered celery; all eating must be done in dining area. Tongs, scoops, containers, pans and knives were stored on shelves and inside knife storage area with food residue; check for cleanliness before storage. Food such as scampi sauce, meatballs, pasta, butter, cheese, spinach dip, tomatoes, cheese and homemade dressings were found in the top portion of prep line coolers with temperatures of 53-71 F; time of foods in coolers was not known. Most current inspection report was not posted; the most current inspection must be displayed. Oven with gas burners at end of cook line was being held up with metal pan underneath due to wheels missing; this must be repaired as this is hazard and door cannot be opened to clean inside. Top sections to prep make line coolers with temperatures ranging 54-75 F; do not store any foods in this cooler until able to maintain temperature below 41 F. Large leaks underneath dish machine, with a pan being used to catch water. Leaks in drain pipe underneath hand sink causing water to drip all over floor. Have areas repaired. Floors in walk in freezer and cooler with built up residue. Floors underneath equipment in kitchen found with debris. Floors in storage closet found with debris. Clean all floors and keep clean.
Inspector: Donna Black

Bright Spot
743 Spring St., Gainesville
Score: 97, Grade: A
Three cartons of egg whites stored in the walk-in cooler had use by dates of June 11 and June 15. Packaged, commercially processed foods must be removed from service after the manufacturer’s expiration or sell by date.
Inspector: Cochran

Crossroads Bar & Grille
5900 Spout Springs Road, Suite A-1, Flowery Branch
Score: 91, Grade: A
Reach-in cooler across from grill was not holding potentially hazardous foods at 41 F or below. Potentially hazardous foods must be kept at 41 F or below. Have unit serviced so it maintains temperature of 41 F or below.
Inspector: Kincaid

Inman Perk Coffee
102 Washington St. NW, Gainesville
Score: 99, Grade: A
Gasket of the refrigerated display case had an accumulation of crumbs and debris. Nonfood contact surfaces must be clean to sight and touch.
Inspector: Cochran

International House of Pancakes No. 4409
430 Jesse Jewell Parkway SW, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Kincaid

Jo Jo’s Gourmet Lemonade at Lakeshore Mall
150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 80, Grade: B
Hand sink compartment, separated from the three-compartment sink with own faucet in mobile sink unit, being used for storage of dish soap, spray bottle etc., not able to be used for hand washing. The hand sink must be accessible at all times for frequent and required use. Hand washing taking place in three-compartment sink of four-sink mobile cart, where a hand sink is provided. Hands may not be cleaned in a dishware washing sink, only a hand sink may be used for hand washing. Hot dogs in dorm fridge found at 47 F; foods in cold holding should be held at 41 F or below. Hot dogs in cooler were there less than four hours and still in packages. Reheated hot dogs being held in plastic container with lid on counter with temperature of 89 F. Potentially hazardous foods to be hot held for service must be held at 135 F after properly reheating. Spray bottle of pink substance in hand sink without label. If chemicals are put into spray bottles for use, the spray bottle must be labeled. Food service permit not displayed and could not be located. Current inspection report not posted; most current inspection must be posted in public view. No test kit available to monitor the strength of sanitizer used to store cloths used to wipe food contact surfaces, and in the sanitizer compartment of the three-compartment sink.
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

The Colored Egg
610 Grove St., Lot 3-7, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Kincaid

The Olive Garden Italian Restaurant No. 1881
1175 Dawsonville Highway NW, Gainesville
Score: 99, Grade: A
Can opener with large buildup of metal shavings around blade; this often indicates the blade is not sharp and buildup of metal fragments can contaminate food when cans are opened. Sharpen or replace blade.
Inspector: Wentworth

June 17

Avocado’s Restaurant
109 Bradford St. SE, Gainesville
Score: 91, Grade: A
Top of reach-in cooler was not keeping potentially hazardous foods at 41 F or below. Potentially hazardous foods must be kept at 41 F or below. Close lids of unit when not in use to help maintain temperatures.
Inspector: Kincaid

Boardwalk Cantina
7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford
Score: 94, Grade: A
Plastic drink bottle was found on table next to chip container; drinks can be in the kitchen if in a single-serve disposable cup with a secure lid and a straw, and stored to prevent any possible contamination of food or food contact surfaces. Two-door sandwich unit found with water accumulating in unit. This water is nonpotable and should not be allowed to contact food. Employee’s backpack found on table behind chip container. Designate an area away from food prep or food storage where personal items may be stored.
Inspector: Wentworth

Gianni’s-Gianni’s To Go
7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford
Score: 97, Grade: A
Food handler wearing raised ring that had punctured gloves. The only jewelry that may be worn on hands or lower arms is a plain ring such as wedding band.
Inspector: Wentworth

Elise Perkins

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