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Kitchen Inspections: Nov. 4-9
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Nov. 4-9 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 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. 4

Deli Max

150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Suite B-10, Gainesville

Score: 95, Grade: A

Employee had personal mug in prep area. Employees may eat or drink in designated areas. When in food preparation area and kitchen, employee beverages must be in a single service cup (disposable) with a secure lid and a straw. Hood over grill and sandwich unit had heavy dust buildup. Clean all nonfood contact surfaces enough to prevent accumulation.

Inspector: T’Shane Williams


Lakeview Academy

796 Lakewiew Drive, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Amanda Gill


Sonic Oakwood

3415 Atlanta Highway, Flowery Branch

Score: 89, Grade: B

Many boxes of topping found open in freezer; after opening boxes and bags must be closed to prevent any possible contamination of the food. Freezer generated a large amount of frost on the boxes and shelving and frost can fall into food. Food handler found with key card for register on bracelet allowing the card to dangle into food. To operate register, employees must wear the card either by moving adjustable bracelet up arm or worn on retractable clips on shirts. The only jewelry that can be worn on hands or lower arms is a plain ring such as a wedding band. Walk-in cooler evaporator was dripping condensate from drain piping onto commercially packaged foods; this water is nonportable. Shelving above three-compartment sink was sticky and greasy where clean kitchenware is stored. Floor fan found with buildup of grease and dust that can be blown into food preparation when running. Cooler and freezer door found with a buildup of food debris and mold. Floors and floor drains throughout kitchen need thorough cleaning, under equipment and at floor and wall junctures, where food, trash and grease have accumulated. Clean frequently enough to prevent buildup that can be an attractant for insects and rodents.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth


Taqueria Lupita

1784 Atlanta Highway, Suite A1, Gainesville

Score: 91, Grade: A

Ready-to-eat potentially hazardous foods were found with no expiration dates; a seven-day expiration date must be on foods held longer than 24 hours. Large pots of beans were placed in cooler straight from stove. Foods must cool from 135 F to 70 F within two hours. Foods will need to be placed in shallow containers and in an ice bath so that it will cool properly. No test strips for sanitizer; replace missing test strips so that concentrations can be maintained.

Inspector: Donna Black


Chestatee Academy of Inquiry and Talent Development

2740 Fran Mar Drive, Gainesville

Score: 97, Grade: A

Boxes of food products were stored on floor in cooler and in dry storage. Food product boxes and single use item boxes were on the floor. Food should be protected from contamination. Food in packages should be stored off the floor.

Inspector: Williams


Chestatee High School

3005 Sardis Road, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Williams


Nov. 5

Great American Grill

1735 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 91, Grade: A

Coke nozzles were found with heavy buildup of mold and mildew; clean and sanitize every 24 hours to prevent buildup. No dates were marked on potentially hazardous foods in cooler that are ready-to-eat; foods must have a seven-day expiration date. Utensils on self-service area were not in approved dispenser. Utensils must be stored so that handles are extended up so that customer touches the handle only.

Inspector: Black


Taco Bell No. 4317

1409 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Gill


Willowwood Nursing Center

4595 Cantrell Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 89, Grade: A

Walk-in cooler was not holding temperatures of potentially hazardous foods. Corn was voluntarily discarded. Eggs, lettuce, cheese and the rest of the potentially hazardous foods were moved to the walk-in freezer. Employee has 30 days to sign up for certified food safety class; expired two days ago.

Inspector: Gill


Gainesville Exploration Academy

1145 McEver Road, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Gill


J Buffalo Wings

3418 Mundy Mill Road, Gainesville

Score: 89, Grade: B

Raw chicken in large containers in walk-in cooler were uncovered and being leaked into by condensate. Food must be covered to protect from overhead contaminants. Condensation from leak in walk-in cooler was dripping into uncovered bowls of unprepared food. Food shall be stored in a way to protect it from splash, dust or other contamination. Shelves below food prep tables were lined with cardboard boxes. Nonfood contact surfaces of equipment need to be constructed of a corrosion-resistant, nonabsorbent, smooth, easily cleanable material. Floor and wall behind fryers were found with heavy buildup of grease. Nonfood contact surfaces shall be cleaned at a frequency to prevent buildup of soil residues.

Inspector: Gill


Smoothie King No. 791

890 Dawsonville Highway Suite E, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Gill


Nov. 6

Dos Tierras

5200 Thompson Bridge Road, Murrayville

Score: 76, Grade: C

Mostly consumed plate of food found on prep table in kitchen at the start of inspection; employees shall consume food only in approved designated areas, separate from food preparation, food storage and equipment and utensil areas. Hand sink in the back of prep and dishwashing area was found without paper towels in the dispenser. Each hand washing sink shall be provided with a way for hands to be dried after proper washing. Person washing dishes was not washing hands between handling soiled kitchenware and utensils while loading dishwasher and putting away clean, sanitized kitchenware and utensils; wash hands between handling soiled and clean kitchenware and utensils to prevent any possible contamination of clean and sanitized kitchenware and utensils. Chemical sanitizing dishwasher was not reaching the required 120 F; machine must operate at this temperature to loosen food debris in order to allow sanitizer to work properly. No sanitizer test strips available to monitor the strength of sanitizer being dispensed during sanitizing cycle and to monitor strength of sanitizer in cloth storage containers used to store clean clothes used to wipe food contact surfaces. Floor needs a good cleaning under dishwashing equipment and wall behind soda dispenser. Older sandwich unit not keeping time and temperature control for safety foods at required 41 F or below.

Inspector: Wentworth


Nov. 9

Captain D’s

410 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 94, Grade: A

The CFSM certificate was not posted. The CFSM certificate must be posted in public view in each food establishment. Cardboard dumpster drain plug not positioned to prevent leak and rodents. Floor throughout kitchen had food accumulation. Tiles on the wall by two-door upright are falling off wall. Clean these areas and maintain physical facilities in good repair.

Inspector: Williams


Golden Buddha

3715 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood

Score: 87, Grade: B

Employee drink cup was sitting directly on top of dry noodles. Drinks must be stored away from foods. Large container of rice stored in walk-in cooler overnight with temps of 74 F. Foods must cool from 135 F to 70 F within two hours and then from 70 F to 41 F within the next four hours.

Inspector: Black


Pueblos Mexican Grill

1310 Dawsonville Highway Suite A, Gainesville

Score: 98, Grade: A

Mop sink not serviceable; currently dumping mop water down storm drain; needs to provide one service sink with hot and cold water to clean mops and dispose of mop water.

Inspector: Gill


Taqueria Silao

1710 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville

Score: 88, Grade: B

Raw shrimp and steak were stored beside and above ready-to-eat foods. Food items must be stored to prevent contamination. Inspection report posted inside and is not visible to customers. The most current inspection should be posted where it can be viewed by the public.

Inspector: Williams

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