By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Kitchen Inspections: Nov. 21-24
Placeholder Image

The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Nov. 21-27 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.


Nov. 21

El Carreton Inc. No. 1
608 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville
Score: 82, Grade: B
Employee did not wash hands before donning gloves to work with bread; employee had previously touched raw meat. Employee drinks in plastic water bottles. Employees may only drink from a single service cup with a lid and a straw while in the kitchen. Sanitizer concentration in sanitizing bucket registering above 200 ppm; concentrations must be in a safe range. Gloves were not changed between touching raw meat and a sandwich bun. Single-use gloves must be used for only one task such as working with ready-to-eat foods or with raw animal foods and then discarded.
Inspector: Erin Kincaid

Fair Street Elementary School
695 Fair Street SE, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Donna Black

La Reyna
272 Dawsonville Highway Suite A, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Black

McDonald’s No. 35656
2010 Limestone Parkway NE, Gainesville
Score: 97, Grade: A
Mold underneath the towers of self-serve drink machines. Personal cellphone stored next to grill and another stored on top of table with single-use cups at drive-thru. Personal items must be stored in locker room or designated area for employee belongings to prevent contamination of food.
Inspector: Jennifer Wren

Oriental Garden II
891 Dawsonville Highway NW, Gainesville
Score: 85, Grade: B
Items in two make-line coolers stocked night before (egg roll, raw chicken, and raw chicken) not being held at 41 F or below. Potentially hazardous foods must be held at 41 F or below. Potentially hazardous items (raw chicken, beef, pork, and cooked chicken) missing date labels; items held in establishment for more than 24 hours must have date label. Side of unused (broken) fryer with accumulation of food debris and grease. Tile pulling away from wall near mop sink creating a place for pests to live. Baseboard tile by door to dining room no longer sealed to wall. Floors near fryer have accumulation of food debris and grease. Seal crack in tile by mop sink and where tile is no longer sealed to wall.
Inspector: Kincaid

Popeyes Fried Chicken
821 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Wren

2151 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville
Score: 80, Grade: B
Employee cutting onions with bare hands; a barrier such as gloves must be worn when touching ready to eat foods. Slicer, vegetable slicer on wall, pans with food residue. Mold on ice machine baffle. Coke nozzles and diffuser with heavy accumulation of mold and mildew. Wiping cloths laying throughout kitchen on prep surfaces, tables and across faucets, not stored in sanitizer. Cooler next to grill area with heavy condensate leak and water pooled in bottom of cooler. All shelving including those in walk-in coolers with residue. Sides of fryers, fans, gaskets found inside coolers, outsides of all equipment, tops of stoves found with food and grease residue. Grease container underneath grill full of grease. Old fryers in kitchen not in use, found with food and grease reside. All floors in kitchen, especially underneath equipment, with buildup of food residue. Walls in kitchen, prep area found with food residue.
Inspector: Black

Nov. 24

Burger & Shake Restaurant
891 Dawsonville Highway Suite 130, Gainesville
Score: 99, Grade: A
Two-door reach-in cooler in back kitchen found with heavy condensate leak.
Inspector: Black

Little Caesars No. 1592-8
3630 Thompson Bridge Road Suite 16, Gainesville
Score: 89, Grade: B
No paper towels at either of the kitchen hand sinks or in the employee bathroom. Utensil with food debris sitting in hand sink. Food debris found in both hand sinks in kitchen; hand sinks must only be used for hand-washing purposes. Containers (Lexan, pans) on shelf for storage of clean and sanitized kitchenware and utensils with dried or wet food debris still inside; after cleaning and sanitizing, check for cleanliness before storage. Drain board on clean side of three-compartment sink with build-up of food debris; to prevent contaminating clean and sanitized kitchenware and utensils, this area must be kept clean and sanitized. Handles of coolers with grease and food debris; must clean these surfaces frequently enough to prevent accumulation of grease and food so that hands are not contaminated when opening coolers.
Inspector: Wren

Mr Edd’s Pizza Plus
5205 Cleveland Highway Suite 5, Clermont
Score: 87, Grade: B
Employee drinks in cans placed on prep surfaces. Potentially hazardous ready-to-eat foods on make-lines not labeled with dates (ham, cheese, bacon, and sausage); potentially hazardous ready-to-eat foods that are held for more than 24 hours must be clearly marked to indicate the day the item must be used by or discarded. Employees not wearing hair restraints; employees preparing and/or handling food must wear an approved hair restraint. Inside of drawers, ledge of freezer chest, cart and shelf with buildup of dust, food debris and sticky substance. Dumpster missing drain plug. Dumpster missing lid, not allowing it to be covered. Outdoor receptacles must be kept covered with tight fitting lids.
Inspector: Kincaid


Regional events