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Kitchen inspections, May 29-June 4
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from May 29-June 4 by the Hall County Environmental Health Department. New rules and regulations for food service began on Dec. 1, 2007. Food service establishments will now be 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 will be conducted based on risk categorization. The risk type shall be 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 new 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.

May 29

Noruta Japanese Restaurant

975 Dawsonville Highway, Suite 12, Gainesville

Score: 95, Grade: A

Repeat violation: Eggs and chicken stored beside vegetables. Repeat violation: Cloths not in sanitizer. Clean floors better in back kitchen and underneath and behind equipment. Keep all personal items (tools, cloths and aprons) on a separate shelf and reorganize so that all customer related items are on separate shelves above personal items.

Inspector: Donna Black

Atlanta Bread Co., Store No. 69

944 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville

Score: 88, Grade: B

Repeat violation: Cups and bottle water on prep tables. Boxes of foods on floor in walk in freezer. Repeat violation: Cloths on counters and cutting boards. Coffee stirs for customer self-service must be individually wrapped or in a dispenser that dispenses one at a time. Coved baseboard with gaps, missing, or damaged throughout kitchen; floor in walk-in freezer pulling apart at seams.

Inspector: Black

June 1

Burger King

806 Athens St., Gainesville

Score: 94, Grade: A

Bottled water and coffee without lid and straw in food prep areas. Boxes of single-service items and to-go bags sitting on floor. Personal items sitting with single-service items and counter.

Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines


1402 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 82, Grade: B

Three-compartment sink not properly set up and two sinks not able to hold water without constantly leaking. Utensils getting washed and rinsed. Prep cooler holding foods at 65 degrees F. Little to no sanitizer registering in sanitizer buckets. Cloths used to wipe spills should not be left out on shelves, place in soiled linen basket. Repeat violation: Dumpster lids kept open.

Inspector: Hoffhines

Burger & Shake II

5866 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 91, Grade: A

Foods not labeled and dated with a seven-day expiration date. Repeat violation: Onions stored underneath three-compartment sink and up against laundry bag that holds dirty clothes. Repeat violation: Cloths not in sanitizer; no sanitizer buckets in sight. Grease build up behind grill/fryer and debris underneath equipment. Personal items (tools, paper, cloths, etc.) on shelves with foods.

Inspector: Black

Nichols Diner

3606 Southland Drive,
Flowery Branch

Score: 90, Grade: A

Chemical bottles not labeled. Cloths laying on counters; used wet cloths laying on top of deli tissue and gloves in back kitchen. Knives in standing water at sundae area and ice scoop on top of ice machine. Gloves being rinsed off at prep sink. Grease build up in between fryers. Floors need cleaning under grill/fryers where grease has accumulated on floors.

Inspector: Black

June 3

McDonalds, Thompson Bridge

2105 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 89, Grade: B

Dish machine not dispensing sanitizer; clean dishes stored in dirty containers; slicer dirty. Inspection not posted at drive throughs and inspection not 15 feet from front door. Shelf under self-service area with bucket of stagnant water with insects. Repeat violation: Several light shields broken throughout kitchen; end caps missing on list above self-service. Large amount of flies throughout kitchen and dining area.

Inspector: Black

Reunion Golf Club

5615 Grand Reunion Drive, Hoschton

Score: 89, Grade: B

Food handler without hair restraint; hat taken off and left on cutting board. Wiping cloths not being stored in sanitizer between uses and sanitizer solution not testing in container that has been provided. Floor/wall juncture behind cook line with accumulation of grease/food. Walk-in cooler with condensate drip from drain. Soda dispenser nozzles and diffuser with build up of mold. Many flies in kitchen.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

The Oaks Miniature Golf LLC

3709 Whiting Road, Gainesville

Score: 98, Grade: A

Back enclosure where trash is stored needs to be cleaned up. No paper towels provided in restrooms which require exit door to be opened using a handle.

Inspector: Wentworth

June 4

Subs of Gainesville, Riverside

984 Riverside Drive,

Score: 98, Grade: A

Non-food contact surfaces (i.e. storage containers of bottles, top of slicer guard, and storage beneath bread cutting area) had accumulated food debris. Floors need thorough cleaning all the way to the floor/wall juncture especially beneath coke-n-bags, behind water heater, and in kitchen in order to prevent attraction of insects/rodents.

Inspector: Shelby Finch

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