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Kitchen inspections, March 11-22
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from March. 11-22 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 food service 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.
Food service establishments with drive-through 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.
To register a complaint against a food service establishment, contact the Hall County Environmental Health Department at 770-531-3973.

March 11

Great American Grill
1735 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
Employee eating food and drinking on prep surface.
Inspector: Black

Brenda's Restaurant
3003 Gillsville Highway, Gainesville
Score: 95, Grade: A
Cloths must stay in sanitizer water in between uses. Entire kitchen needs to be reorganized - all personal office items (tape, papers, jackets, pens, umbrellas, etc.) must be in designated places and not in drawers with utensils, on top of bulk food containers, etc.
Inspector: Black

March 12

Mrs. Winners Chicken & Biscuits
719 Jesse Jewel Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 93, Grade: A
Soda dispenser nozzles, diffusers have accumulation of mold, mildew. Old equipment stored above single serve. Old equipment stored in dumpster enclosure. Grease leaking onto ground. Stainless steel floor patch in walk-in freezer needs to be sealed to floor, stainless steel behind cook area sealed with duct tape; back door frame rotting away.
Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

Royal Lakes Restaurant/Catering
4700 Royal Lake Drive,
Flowery Branch
Score: 93, Grade: A
Soda gun with accumulation. Wall under hands sink in bar have deteriorated - sheetrock peeling, mold and mildew embedded.
Inspector: McDuffie

Moe's Southwest Grill No. 649
3602 Southland Drive,
Flowery Branch
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

March 15

Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers
416 Shallowford Road, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

995 Riverside Drive,
Score: 88, Grade: B
Many cups in food prep areas without lids. Employee drinking from cup at make station. WI open to outside, door left cracked open unattended. No thermometer in prep cooler at make line. Utensils stacked wet-nested. Equipment parts sitting on floor at the front hand-washing sink. Boxes of single service items on floor in storage. Do not use single service cups as bulk sugar scoops. Keep lids to dumpster closed. Dust accumulating along ceiling above drive-thru. Standing water under bread racks and at sauces in hallway. Paint peeling on metal above fryers, remove any flaking paint, debris that could contaminate foods. Part of weather stripping missing at back door. Daylight shining under door when completely closed.
Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines

March 16

Third Coast Grille
5390 Friendship Road, Buford
Score: 86, Grade: B
Soda guns and holsters in bar with accumulation of mold, mildew. Walk-in cooler struggling to maintain required temperatures. Foods in hot holding below required temperatures. Hood has grease dripping.
Inspector: McDuffie

Big Creek Tavern
3050 Big Creek Road, Buford
Score: 92, Grade: A
Georgia law required a CFSM on staff by Dec. 1, 2009. Soda guns in bar have an accumulation. Inspector: McDuffie

China Garden
4850 Golden Parkway, Buford
Score: 94, Grade: A
Employee handling food without hair restraint. Hood vent system dripping grease, dust.
Inspector: McDuffie

March 17

El Sombrero No. 11
891 Dawsonville Highway, Suite 110, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
Cloths not in sanitizer. Clean shelving in dry storage and in storage area better.
Inspector: Black

Willowwood Nursing Center
4595 Cantrell Road,
Flowery Branch
Score: 95, Grade: A
Potatos being cut, prep on drain board (dirty side) sink. Walls peeling paint behind oven - walls at dish area with mold. Employee keys, CD on areas with food.
Inspector: Black

Uncle Louie G
118 Main St., Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Wentworth

Napoli's Pizza
5900 Spout Spring Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 93, Grade: A
All stem thermometers are not accurate. Cloths must be submerged in sanitizer water and not laying on counters, on top of dish machine and on sides of buckets.
Inspector: Black

Chick-Fil-A Longstreet
Lobby of Longstreet Clinic, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

March 18

Taqueria Las Palmas No. 2
1276 Industrial Blvd., Suite 1B, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
Several baskets with food debris left.
Inspector: Black

Ming's Buffet
150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Suite H7, Gainesville
Score: 92, Grade: A
Food uncovered in reach in cooler and chest freezer. No consumer advisory sign for hibachi bar or oyster section of cold bar.
Inspector: McDuffie

Burger & Shake Restaurant
891 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

El Paisa
272 A Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

American Legion Post 7
2343 Riverside Drive,
Score: 81, Grade: B
No CFSM on staff. No soap available at hand sink in bar. No paper towels at hand sink in bar. Egg salad and corn muffins were made at member's home kitchen.
Inspector: Wentworth

March 19

Subway/The Pantry - KE No. 3342
5804 Cornelia Highway, Alto
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Wentworth

March 22

Pizza Hut No. 4798
3815 Mundy Mill Road,
Score: 97, Grade: A
Ware washer encrusted with lime scale buildup. Dumpster lids both broken. Floors throughout kitchen need better cleaning; walls and ceilings have food splatters, etc.; fryer area needs detailed cleaning.
Inspector: McDuffie

Jennifer Messer

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