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Kitchen Inspections: June 27- July 5
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from June 27-July 5 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.


Captain D’s

410 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 80, Grade: B

Managerial control needed in areas of ensuring proper cooling practices, distinguishing reheating versus hot holding procedures for corn on the cob, ensuring employees are following correct hygiene practices, cleaning and sanitizing procedures for dinning tables and keeping utensils, equipment and physical facilities clean and maintained. Observed employee eating food in kitchen and open beverage cups on food preparation table. Certified Food Safety Manager washed hands at three-compartment warewashing sink in preparation to don gloves for food handling. Numerous containers of food stored uncovered in walk-in freezer, and multiple coolers, freezers on the cook line. Pink slime residues observed along baffle and interior food contact surfaces of ice machine. Visible debris and residue observed on clean utensils stored on air drying rack.

Inspector: Linda Hoffhines


Murrayville Pharmacy

5304 Thompson Bridge Road, Murrayville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Holly Cochran



Pupuseria El Guanaquito

1228 Industrial Blvd., Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth


Southern Smoq BBQ

7380 Spout Springs Road, Suite 450 Flowery Branch

Score: 96, Grade: A

Shelves used for holding clean utensils has food debris from neighboring prep table. Box of napkins stored in men’s restroom. Employee wearing clean cloth gloves under single service gloves for purpose of insulation for pulling hot pans and hot foods from smoker and hot holding cabinet. Accumulated debris along seams and basins of hand washing sinks and food preparation sinks. Dumpster enclosure and area surrounding dumpster has wood pallets and trash debris. Accumulated debris and residues along floor/wall junctures, behind and under equipment, and in hard-to-reach places throughout establishment.

Inspector: Holly Cochran



The Colored Egg

610 Grove St., Lot 3-7, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Linda Hoffhines



The Waterford At Oakwood

4251 Hudson Drive, Oakwood

Score: 84, Grade: B

Observed employees handle dirty utensils for presoaking, loading into the warewashing machine and then proceed to handle clean utensils pulled from warewashing machine without first washing hands. Observed employees clean off dining tables handling dirty utensils, bus carts and then proceed to handle clean utensils, food containers and food prep surfaces in the kitchen without first washing hands. Observed employee touch their face and hair and resume handling clean utensils without washing hands. Observed employee use prep table to begin separating and portioning raw chicken tenders without first putting away ready-to-eat food products on table; bag of cocoa powder leaning against box of raw tenders. Damp wiping cloths out on counter tops, shelves and food prep surfaces.

Inspector: Linda Hoffhines



Dairy Queen/Shallowford Road

229 Shallowford Road NW, Gainesville

Score: 91, Grade: A

Accumulation of grime and slime debris in tea urn nozzle. Inspection posted for public view is not the most recent and partially obstructed from view. Styrofoam cup used, stored in diced tomato container in walk-in cooler. Food contact portion of tongs used for biscuits in main kitchen subject to unsanitized portion of equipment when hung on handle.

Inspector: Evan Biles


Subway No. 17546

4504 Cornelia Highway, Unit 3, Lula

Score: 96, Grade: A

No drain plug provided for middle dumpster. Lighting intensity low in all areas of walk-in cooler except within a foot of the light bulb; too dark to see labels of foods on far side of the cooler. Flies observed in all areas of restaurant, around floor drain in wash room, behind make line in front food service area and dining area.

Inspector: Evan Biles