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Kitchen Inspections March 10-March 15
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from March 10-17 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.

March 10

Chestnut Mountain Creative School of Inquiry

4841 Union Church Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Amanda Gill


Church’s Fried Chicken

600 E.E. Butler Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 96, Grade: A

Inspector: Donna Black


March 13

Fuji Hibachi Express

229 E.E. Butler Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 90, Grade: A

There was food found left without lids or proper coverings. Pieces of food was found on pans that had already been washed and were intended for use. Spray paint, an open caulking gun and liquid wrench were found stored under the preparation table next to the utensils.

Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines


Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton

1400 River Place, Braselton

Score: 80, Grade: B

Clothes used for cleaning were found left out on counters and in kitchen between use rather than being properly stored in a sanitizer solution. The floors had accumulated grease and food, which can attract pests.

Inspector: Evan Biles


March 14

Barkin’ Brews

1612 Skelton Road, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth


Friendship Elementary School

4450 Friendship Road, Buford

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Amanda Gill


Hollywood 15

120 Green Hill Circle NW, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Evan Biles


Popeyes Fried Chicken

821 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 86, Grade: B

Pans that had been set out to air dry after washing still had heavy accumulations of food. Chicken breasts were not being cooked long enough in the deep fryer; the chicken was not reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees before being served.

Inspector: Holly Cochran


Tacos Y Tortas Al Sabor De Mexico

425 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville

Score: 81, Grade: B

Cheesecake was being served out of a domed cake plate for counter service, but cheesecake must be kept chilled at 40 degrees Fahrenheit for consumption. Cheese dip had been kept past the seven-day discard date.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth


March 15


4949 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford

Score: 94, Grade: A

Steak was found in the cooler that had been kept two days past its throw-away date. According to food safety guidelines, food can only be kept a maximum of seven days. Meatballs that were found in the cooler did not bear a discard date.

Inspector: Evan Biles


Bojangles’ No. 985

2121 Friendship Road, Buford

Score: 90, Grade: A

Utensils and pans that had been set out to dry after being washed still had food debris on them. Sheet pans and containers had been stacked while wet; all kitchenware and equipment must be allowed to air dry before stacking as to prevent bacterial and mold growth.

Inspector: Evan Biles


Oriental Garden II

891 Dawsonville Highway NW, Gainesville

Score: 75, Grade: C

Nozzles on the soda machine had mold. Eggs, raw beef, crab meat and raw shrimp were all measured at temperatures higher than 41 degrees Fahrenheit while stored in the walk-in cooler; raw foods must be stored at a 41 degrees Fahrenheit or below in order to prevent bacterial growth. A pan of crab meat was found in the walk-in cooler with a preparation date of 10 days prior. Foods made in house should be kept only for a maximum of seven days before being discarded.

Inspector: Evan Biles


Zaxby’s No. 00-304

995 Riverside Drive, Gainesville

Score: 73, Grade: C

The plumbing system is unable to pump water through at consistent temperatures, which has the potential to interfere with employees’ cleanliness as well as the cleanliness of dishes when being washed.

Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines


March 16

Bucket O’ Shrimp

1370 Frontage Road, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth


Diablos Southwest Grill

5769 Old Winder Highway, Braselton

Score: 83, Grade: B

Packages of ground beef were being stored above raw beef in the cooler. Proper procedures state that raw food must never be stored above cooked food in order to prevent bacterial cross-contamination. The most recent inspection grade and report were not displayed.

Inspector: Evan Biles


McDonald’s Restaurant No. 1634

707 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A

Inspector: Evan Biles


March 17

Arby’s No. 1030

634 Shallowford Road, Gainesville

Score: 88, Grade: B

There was heavy mold buildup in the ice machine. The prep slicer was not cleaned between uses; all equipment must be cleaned between each use so as to avoid cross-contamination. Heavy build up of food residue found in the fry equipment.

Inspector: Evan Biles


Jimmy John’s 

333 Jesse Jewell Parkway SE, Gainesville

Score: 96, Grade: A

Inspector: Evan Biles

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