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Kitchen inspections, Nov. 22-Dec. 9
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Nov. 22-Dec. 9 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 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 rules are available at the Hall County Environmental health Office. The rules and regulations are also available online. To register a complaint against a food service establishment, contact the Hall County Environmental Health Department at 770-531-3973.


Nov. 22

Holiday Inn Lanier
Center Hotel
400 E.E. Butler Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 98, Grade: A
Inspector: Donna Black

Nov. 23

Hilton Garden Inn Gainesville
1735 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Black

Dec. 3

East Hall High School
3534 East Hall Road, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Fritanga Nicaragua
1870 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Wentworth

Mellow Mushroom
700 Green St., Gainesville
Score: 86, Grade: B
Chicken strips (grilled) in ice bath not at required cold holding temperature. Chemical bottles placed next to clean silverware and degreaser bottle on food prep table with sliced ham. Walk-in cooler door not closing all the way and gaskets old and hard, not allowing a good seal. Grill leaking grease with high volume food. Can opener dirty with some bits of metal collecting. Missing test strips for ammonium chloride sanitizer.
Inspector: Shelby Finch

Dairy Queen
951 Green St., Gainesville
Score: 88, Grade: B
Cut bananas not covered in cooler and hot dogs not covered in walk-in cooler. Missing thermometers in most coolers. Cut bananas sitting on interior of cooler in pooled water, juice. Sanitizing solution did not have recommended concentration. Nonfood contact surfaces like chest freezer lids, waffle cone container and handles of cake freezer in kitchen had food residue. Interior of some coolers had food debris.
Inspector: Finch

The Bradford House and Gardens
6648 McEver Road,
Flowery Branch
Score: 97, Grade: A
Cart, outside of mixer and inside of freezer with debris. Floors need better cleaning at floor/wall juncture. Loose coved baseboard at hand sink area next to door.
Inspector: Black

Burger and Shake No. 2
5866 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 96, Grade: A
Cloths lying on counters and not in sanitizer. Dust on walls in back part of kitchen.
Inspector: Black

China Garden
5900 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 90, Grade: A
Knives and tongs stored with food residue. Foods on floor in kitchen, walk-in freezer and out front. Rice underneath three-compartment sink. Utensils hanging from ansul system and in rusty cans. Napkins and other single service items on floor.
Inspector: Black

Dec. 2

Chick-Fil-A at Gainesville State College
3405 Atlanta Highway, Flowery Branch
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Finch

Dec. 6

Checkers Drive-In
943 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 74, Grade: C
Food employee did not wash hands between tasks. Foods not covered in reach-in freezer. Chili not reheated to proper temperature. No inspection posted. Hot water heater leaking and water dripping below into veggie sink.
Inspector: Finch

International House of Pancakes
430 Broad St., Gainesville
Score: 87, Grade: B
Foods in some coolers (cheese, pooled eggs, batter) not stored covered. Some pans and utensils had food residue. Gravy cooling from yesterday not at required temperature.
Inspector: Finch

Dogwood Forest Assisted Living
3315 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 97, Grade: A
Food, grease on shelves, stove, inside cooler. Walls with food splatter; moldy at dish machine area. Floors with debris; grease underneath fryers, dish machine, shelves etc.
Inspector: Black

El Maguey Mexican Restaurant
2458 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
Hot water turned off at hand sink.
Inspector: Black

Dec. 7

La Reyna
425 Atlanta Highway, Suite B, Gainesville
Score: 84, Grade: B
Employee touching onions, bread, etc. with bare hands. Slicer, tongs of knife with food residue. Broken splash guard at mop sink. Inside ovens and drawer cooler unit need cleaning. Tops to dumpster open and trash on ground around dumpster. Walls and floors underneath and behind equipment with food residue. Replace missing light shield on light in kitchen and repair light in front of walk-in cooler that is not working.

Dec. 8

Longstreet Cafe Too
405 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 73, Grade: C
Bottle of apple juice on biscuit table in prep area. Trash bags used to store bread crumbs from cornbread to make dressing. Food items on serving line (hot bar) and stored in holding cabinet not being held at required temperature. Many of these items are held in oven that may not be kept heated enough and then transferred to hot holding cabinet and finally put on steam line for service. Leftover sausage patties from breakfast in walk-in coolor right at six hours not cooled to 41 degrees. Rolling container of sugar not labeled.
Inspector: Wentworth

Free Chapel
3001 McEver Road, Gainesville
Score: 93, Grade: A
Chemicals stored next to and on top of foods in dry storage. Shelves in coffee bar with food residue. Floors, wall moldy in dishroom; floors peeling. pitting in kitchen area. Area behind oven has been repaired numerous times and still damaged.
Inspector: Black

Nichols Diner
3603 Southland Drive, Flowery Branch
Score: 86, Grade: B
Employee putting hands into sanitizer bucket to get cloth, wiped surface, put cloth back into bucket then proceded to touch foods with hands with with sanitizer. Box of single-service items on floor. Repair condensation leak in walk-in freezer. Torn contact paper on shelves. Shelves in kitchen and in walk-in cooler with debris. Floors with heavy grease accumulation underneath fryers and grill. Dust on ceilings throughout kitchen.
Inspector: Black

Peachtree Plantation
4251 Hudson Drive, Oakwood
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Black

Dec. 9

212 Spring St. NW, Gainesville
Score: 90, Grade: A
Final rinse pressure for hot water sanitizing dishmachine over required PSI. Sour cream, buttermilk in reach-in cooler and sour cream container in walk-in cooler past sell by date. No sanitizer test trips available. Painted floor in bar very worn.
Inspector: Wentworth

Eat at Thai
975 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
Employee tasting soup with ladel being used to stir, cook soup then putting back into food.
Inspector: Black

Lauren Blais

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