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Kitchen Inspections: March 6-12
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from March 6-March 12 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. 6

Durango Mobile
1705 Cleveland Highway Suite 11
Score: 88, Grade: B
Two-door upright reach-in cooler was not maintaining potentially hazardous foods at required 41 F or below. No integral or internal thermometer inside two-door reach-in and one-door sandwich unit upright cooler.
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Moe’s Southwest Grill
333 Shallowford Road Suite A, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Donna Black

March 9

Anastasia’s Tea Room
109 Washington St. SW, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Black

Kentucky Fried Chicken No. 10
1904 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 93, Grade: A
Cloths used to clean food contact surfaces were not being stored in sanitizer between uses. Shelves in the cook area, walk-in cooler, carts, and sides of fryers found with food residue. Floors throughout the entire kitchen, in walk-in cooler and freezer were found with grease and food residue buildup.
Inspector: Black

Subway No. 5545
3208 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville
Score: 92, Grade: A
Steak found thawing in vegetable sink in container of standing water. Splash guard still missing between hand sink and vegetable sink. Employees were wearing bracelets. Accumulation of boxes and garbage bags found in refuse enclosure.
Inspector: Kincaid

West Hall Middle School
5470 McEver Road, Oakwood
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Kincaid

March 10

E.E. Butler Head Start/Pre-K
1300 Old Athens Highway, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Black

El Rey Mexican Restaurant
380 Cleveland Highway, Clermont
Score: 97, Grade: A
Chips held underneath grill area found without covers. Cloths found lying on counters and not in sanitizer.
Inspector: Black

Fairfield Inn and Suites
1755 Browns Bridge Road SW, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Black

McDonald’s Restaurant No. 11113
965 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville
Score: 83, Grade: B
Food handler used only hand sanitizer instead of washing hands between changing tasks. Drink machine nozzles found with accumulation of mold and mildew. Dishwasher was not dispensing sanitizer at beginning of inspection. Ice scoop was being stored with handle touching ice. Personal items (lotion, jackets) were found in kitchen.
Inspector: Kincaid

Sugar Hill Elementary School
3259 Athens Highway, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Kincaid

Wendy’s No. 19
587 S Enota Drive, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Black

March 11

Dean Myers Elementary School
2676 Candler Road, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Kincaid

Kiku Japanese Steak & Sushi House
821 Dawsonville Highway, Suite 260, Gainesville
Score: 93, Grade: A
Menus were missing proper consumer advisory marking and new lunch menus were missing consumer advisory entirely. Shrimp were found thawing without water overflowing, and some were found sitting in standing water to thaw.
Inspector: Black

Las Palomas
3050 Athens Highway, Gainesville
Score: 86, Grade: B
Details Potentially hazardous foods (cooked beans (100 F), rice (98 F), and cooked vegetables (97 F)) sitting on counter next to grill. Asada placed in two-door upright cooler around noon after prep had temperature of 98 F. Pastor placed in two-door upright cooler around 1:30 p.m. with temperature of 95 F. Large container of asada cooling in two-door upright cooler for 2.5 hours at temperature of 98 F. Large container of pastor cooling in two-door upright cooler for one hour at temperature of 95 F.
Inspector: Kincaid

March 12

North Hall Middle School
4856 Rilla Road, Gainesville
Score: 99, Grade: A
Floor under washing machine and dryer was dirty.
Inspector: Kincaid

Senor Fiesta, LLC
4110 Cleveland Highway Suite A-B, Gainesville
Score: 72, Grade: C
Raw chicken stored above fish and raw fish stored above ready-to-eat food items in two-door upright cooler. Raw beef was being cut and thrown into bucket next to cooling pan of beef tips. Shredded chicken in walk in cooler prepared day prior with temperatures of 45 F, 46 F, 47 F. Hotel pans of cooked shredded chicken in walk-in cooler from day prior at temperatures of 45 F, 46 F, and 47 F. Bag of beans, large container of cheese dip, containers of salsa and boxes of raw meat on floor. Food handler touched raw chicken, then grabbed bowl and scooped rice into it without removing gloves and washing hands. Many flies observed in kitchen.
Inspector: Kincaid

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