The following are among the food service establishments inspected from May 15-May 21 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 dph.georgia.gov/environmental-health-inspections.
To register a complaint against a food service establishment, contact the Hall County Environmental Health Department at 770-531-3973.
Dogwood Forest of Gainesville
3315 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Donna Black
Pizza Hut No. 4798
3815 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood
Score: 95, Grade: A
Pizza pans stacked clean were found with baked on food debris. Food contact surfaces must be clean to sight and touch; after washing, rinsing, and sanitizing, check dishes to ensure they are clean before shelving. Leaf litter found around Dumpster. Dumpster area must be maintained clean; clean this area and keep it clean. Grease overflowing from container onto parking lot. Refuse must be removed at a frequency that prevents the development of objectionable odors and attraction of pests. Clean this area and keep it clean. Walls behind hand sinks and across from fryer need to be cleaned. Floors under shelving also need to be cleaned. Clean these areas as often as necessary to keep them clean. Chipped tiles found in front of walk-in freezer and missing tile found by mop sink. Physical facilities must be maintained in good repair; fix or replace tiles.
Inspector: Erin Kincaid
Pizza Hut No. 4810
7330 Spout Springs Road Suite A-4, Flowery Branch
Score: 94, Grade: A
Chemical dish machine was not dispensing sanitizer. Dish machine must dispense recommended amount of sanitizer to properly sanitize dishes; bottle of sanitizer empty. Replace bottle, prime machine, and test concentration with test kit. Employee restroom door without self-closer; restrooms must have tight-fitting, self-closing doors; install self-closer.
Waffle House No. 885
2507 Pentee Drive, Gainesville
Score: 84, Grade: B
Potentially hazardous food items found stored in four-door cooler and in reach-in cooler not maintained at 41 F or below. Potentially hazardous foods must be kept at 41 F or below. Keep items on ice until serviced. Chemical sanitizer buckets concentration above 200 ppm. Chemical sanitizers must be used in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendation; add more water to dilute concentration. Use test kit to verify concentrations. Right lid missing off Dumpster; Dumpsters must have tight fitting lids.
Blimpie Subs and Salads
4949 Lanier Island Parkway Suite 110, Buford
Score: 92, Grade: A
Drink machine nozzles with heavy accumulation of mold. Clean these as often as necessary to keep them clean. Food handler was not wearing approved hair restraint at beginning of inspection; food handlers shall wear effective hair restraints.
Great American Cookies
150 Pearl Nix Parkway Suite D-3, Gainesville
Score: 99, Grade: A
Cabinet beside low boy cooler had accumulations of sprinkles and cookie toppings on both shelves. All non-food contact surfaces must be clean to sight and touch and free of accumulations.
Inspector: Holly Cochran
Hong Kong King Buffet
635 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 78, Grade: C
Hand washing sink for dishwasher blocked by dishes; hand washing sinks must be maintained so they are accessible at all times for employee use. No paper towels at hand washing sink at beginning of inspection. A method to dry hands must be provided to encourage proper hand washing. Raw chicken stored above raw shrimp in two-door upright cooler. Large containers of raw chicken stored above raw beef in walk-in cooler. Raw animal products must be stored according to minimum internal cooking temperatures and below ready-to-eat food items. Rearrange items according to minimum internal cook temperatures. Glass door merchandiser was not holding potentially hazardous foods at required 41 F or below. Potentially hazardous foods must be kept at 41 F or below. Call for maintenance and do not store potentially hazardous foods in unit until fixed.
Mule Camp Tavern
322 Spring Street SW, Gainesville
Score: 95, Grade: A
Containers of house made pimento cheese spread, chicken salad, and bacon vinaigrette stored in the single door salad cooler were date marked 5/15, 5/14, and 5/15, respectively. Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous foods must be discarded within seven days of their preparation date. Shelf that held the hot hold unit and clean plates had grease and dust accumulations. Clean at a frequency that is adequate to prevent accumulations.
Popeyes Fried Chicken
821 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 97, Grade: A
Wiping cloths were stored on countertops at register area. Cloths in-use must be held in sanitizer solution between uses to ensure counters and equipment surfaces are properly sanitized.
210 Bradford Street NE, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Cosa Nostra Italian Kitchen
118 Main Street SW Suite 11, Gainesville
Score: 85, Grade: B
Employee drinks in kitchen in unapproved containers. Employee drinks must be in a single-service cup with a lid and a straw and stored in an area that prevents contamination of prep surfaces and food. Potentially hazardous foods in walk-in cooler and reach-in cooler not maintaining cold held foods at required 41 F or below. Potentially hazardous foods must be held at 41 F or below.
1500 Browns Bridge Road Suite 117, Gainesville
Score: 87, Grade: B
Raw beef found being prepped next to lettuce also being prepped on back table. Food shall be protected from cross contamination by preparing raw animal products at different times or different locations than ready-to-eat food items. Frozen shrimp thawing in sink filled with water. Potentially hazardous foods shall be thawed in one of the following methods, under refrigeration; completely submerged under running water with a temperature of 70 F and with enough velocity to float off loose particles; as part of the cooking process; in a microwave if it is going to be cooked immediately. Employee washed gloves in hand washing sink. Gloves shall be used for only one task, such as working with ready-to-eat foods or with raw animal foods, used for no other purpose, and discarded when damaged or soiled. Remove gloves, wash hands, and put on new gloves when switching tasks.
La Fogata Latin Bar & Grill
425 Atlanta Highway SW Suite 2, Gainesville
Score: 95, Grade: A
Foods not covered in coolers; keep all foods covered while in storage to prevent possible contamination. Potato slicer, knives, peelers, and scoops found with food residue. Ice machine found with mold and mildew on baffle; clean and sanitize all items. Gaskets were damaged on three-door glass cooler and allowing water to condensate on door; have gaskets replaced.
Reunion Golf Club
5609 Grand Reunion Drive, Hoschton
Score: 92, Grade: A
Bottled drinks were found throughout kitchen. Employee drinks must be in single-service cups with a secure lid and straw and stored in an area that prevents contamination of food, prep surfaces, and equipment. Potentially hazardous ready-to-eat food items in upright coolers and sandwich unit dated for eight days. Potentially hazardous ready-to-eat food items held for more than 24 hours must be clearly marked to indicate date by which food shall be consumed, sold, or discarded with a seven day holding, with day one being the prep or open date. Label food items with seven day discard date, with day one being the day the food is opened or prepared.