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Kitchen inspections, Nov. 19-Dec. 2
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Nov. 19-Dec. 3 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.

Nov. 19
165 John W. Morrow Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

Panera Bread
625 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville
Score: 88, Grade: B
Hand sink not stocked with paper towels. New employees sanitizing cutting board without washing it first. Single-serve items in dry storage with employees coat/purse on them. Gaskets on make lines have food debris, etc. Dumpster open. Trash on the ground in Dumpster enclosure. Floors throughout, especially under shelving and equipment, need more cleaning. Employee’s hat on cutting board, which is a food contact surface.
Inspector: McDuffie

Enota Elementary
Enota Ave., Gainesville
Score: 95, Grade: A
Employee drinks in kitchen without straws and plastic cups. Ceiling with dust on tiles, floors with water pooled and need to be directed to drains.
Inspector: Donna Black

Wild Horse Grill-Armadillo
1605 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville
Score: 87, Grade: B
Several pans, utensils with food residue — cutting board with heavy mold and grease — ice machines with mold on back walls and baffles — soda guns with debris. Expired cole slaw, spoiled lettuce in cooler. Clean dishes being stored on prep sinks and several on floor. Water leaking in bar coolers and reach-in cooler. Spatulas, tongs that are melted. Shelves near grill and insides of coolers and door gaskets with mold and food debris. Floors dirty in rest rooms, food and grease accumulation on kitchen floors — floor tiles damaged in kitchen — damaged ceiling tiles in bar area.
Inspector: Black

Golden Buddha
3715 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood
Score: 97, Grade: A
Containers of precooked foods in large containers in walk-in coolers.
Inspector: Shelby Finch

Longstreet Cafe Too
405 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 99, Grade: A
Dumpster door propped open with shovel. FRP at mop sink pulling away from wall and some grout needed between FRP/wall coving to prevent insect/rodent entry and to reduce possible damage to interior wall from water entry. Replace ceiling tile and secure loose tiles in storage.
Inspector: Finch

Nov. 20
Pizza Hut
1501 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 90, Grade: A
Drink dispenser nozzles and diffusers with buildup of mold. Can opener blade with food debris — large amount of metal shavings built up behind blade. No separate sink provided for the washing of whole lemons. Shelving throughout kitchen is greasy and dusty. Outside of pizza pans, bread stick pans with burned-on food (years of use). Floor needs cleaning at floor/wall junctures throughout kitchen — especially behind equipment. Ceiling in wing frying area greasy and dusty. Coved baseboard missing in places at cabinet/floor juncture in wait area. Employee’s purse and coat on top of Pepsi bottles in back prep area.
Inspector: Wentworth

Nov. 23
Little Caesars
3885 Mundy Mill Road, Suite 106, Oakwood
Score: 88, Grade: B
Bottle drinks out on counter tops in food prep areas. Accumulation of food debris and grime on handles and faucet of hand-washing sink. Food debris in onion/pepper press — greasy residue along insides of containers — rack holding clean utensils has greasy residue — drain board and sink at veggie prep area not being cleaned after use — accumulation of debris on food probe thermometers.
Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines

Nov. 24
1062 Thompson Bridge Road, Suite 1, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

Limestone Heritage
2560 Flint Ridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 91, Grade: A
Rack of cups stored on top of hand sink in kitchen. Numerous cups, plates, utensils with food residue. Walls in dish machine room under dish machine with mold. Grout in floor tiles missing in some areas, allowing for water/food accumulation. Coved baseboard at walk-in cooler pulling away from wall.
Inspector: Sherry Sargent

Taqueria Durango
1705 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville
Score: 83, Grade: B
Employee plate of food and bottle drink on prep table. Ready-to-eat foods not labeled. Raw chicken stored in plastic to-go bags. Most current inspected not posted. Floors with food residue in dry storage underneath ice machine. Floor tiles broken. Coved baseboard missing at front counter area.
Inspector: Lizabeth Salas

Johnny’s New York Style Pizza
7367 Spout Springs Road, Suite 205, Flowery Branch
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

Burger & Shake III
1730 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville
Score: 99, Grade: A
Make-line gasket torn. Hand sink in rest room and hand sink in kitchen not sealed to wall.
Inspector: McDuffie

Burger and Shake II
5866 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 96, Grade: A
Cups of tea on shelf and counter in kitchen.
Inspector: Black

Nov. 30
Athena’s Pizza
6986 McEver Road, Buford
Score: 94, Grade: A
No sanitizer registering on test strips for sanitizer buckets. Sticky residue on utensils from old labels and duct tape previously on containers. Need to clean up clutter around mop sink; keep floor/wall juncture clean and clean at mop sink area.
Inspector: Hoffhines

2 Dog Restaurant
317 Spring St. SE, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

Shogun Japanese Steakhouse
5855 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 74, Grade: C
Employees returning to work from eating without washing hands. Employees washing hands while wearing disposable gloves or not using soap. Cut veggies uncovered in walk-in cooler. Knives being rinsed and put back after use. Check bowls and pans on air-drying rack for visible food debris. Baffle and interior components of ice machine have grime buildup. Dressing made in house must have a date label is kept over 24 hours and contains potentially hazardous ingredients. Grease "drips" accumulating above grill. Veggies washed in sink with cloths and soapy water bucket. Nonpotable water accumulating on foods in walk-in freezer from condenser leak. Wiping cloths out on prep tables and cutting boards. Condenser in walk-in freezer leaking. Dumpster area littered with trash and mounding up above open Dumpster lids. Underneath of blender has accumulation of sticky debris.
Inspector: Hoffhines

Bruster’s Ice Cream/Nathan’s
3204 Atlanta Highway, Suite 220, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

Backyard Burgers
4942 Bristol Industrial Parkway, Buford
Score: 83, Grade: B
Slime mold in drink dispenser nozzles and interior of ice machine. Slime along baffle, walls, interior ceiling, and hanging from parts in interior of ice machine. Accumulation of food debris on face and blade of can opener. Thermometer in cooler below oven broken. Grease and food particles in sanitizer bucket. Utensils stacked wet nested. Ice accumulating along piping at condenser in walk-in freezer. Racks, handles and exteriors of coolers have splatter and debris. Grease container has grease buildup along front and lid. Accumulation of trash on ground in dumpster area, doors left open, standing water puddled under Dumpster.
Inspector: Hoffhines

Dec. 1
Chili’s Grill and Bar
5851 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 96, Grade: A
Several lids with food debris, bar’s Coke dispenser has some residue and pans stacked wet.
Inspector: Finch

Green Tea Restaurant
7380 Spout Springs Road, Suite 430, Flowery Branch
Score: 81, Grade: B
Food employee rinsed hands off in three-compartment sink prior to donning gloves. Some food uncovered below condensate dripping in reach-in cooler and some uncovered in walk-in cooler. Non-food contact surfaces had grease accumulation (grill/fryer station) prep tables, etc. Floors need thorough cleaning beneath equipment and below tables all the way to the floor/wall juncture due to accumulated grease/food debris.
Inspector: Finch

Laten de Jalisco
1299 Industrial Blvd., Gainesville
Score: 75, Grade: C
No CFSM on staff. Employees not washing hands before changing gloves. Single hand sink in restaurant had mop bucket, had no towels and leaks on the floor. No hair restraint on employees. Wiping cloths not placed in sanitizer after use. Gaskets make lines damaged. Gaskets have dried food debris. Floors missing tiles, broken tiles.
Inspector: McDuffie

Windows Restaurant
7000 Holiday Road, Buford
Score: 81, Grade: B
Can opener blade with dried food debris. Above three-compartment sink with dried food debris. Leftover turkey dressing form weekend not cooled to required 41 degrees or less within six hours. Food on buffet not properly shielded. Bulk creamer dispensing tube not cut on a diagonal leaving no more than one inch from the dispenser.
Inspector: Wentworth

West Hall Middle School
5470 McEver Road, Oakwood
Score: 93, Grade: A
Cutting board spatulas stored in water at vegetable sink. Incorrect procedure for cleaning and sanitizing dining tables; one container of sanitizer and cloth not correct and no sanitizer testing in container. Dishwater inoperable at time of inspection. Walk-in cooler just repaired.
Inspector: Wentworth

1904 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

Dec. 2
Nichols Diner
3603 Southland Drive, Flowery Branch
Score: 92, Grade: A
Cloths lying on prep tables and counter. Gloves wiped off with a paper towel. Dust on evaporator fan in walk-in cooler. Floors behind fryers with grease accumulation. Cabinets under self-service area with mold. Outside of bulk sugar container needs cleaning.
Inspector: Black

Jennifer Messer

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