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Kitchen Inspections, Nov. 9-18
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These are among the food service establishments inspected from Nov. 9-18 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. 9

Top of Gainesville
787 Hospital Drive, Gainesville
Score: 98, Grade: A
Ice scoop laying in ice bath with handle in ice. Floors and walls at bar area and behind coke area with trash, debris.
Inspector: Shelby Finch

Skate Country
2276 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 95, Grade: A
Food handler with fingernail polish. No test strips for sanitizer. Evaporator fans in two-door reach-in cooler need to be cleaned. Ladies restroom needs a cover for trash can. Toilets dirty and need cleaning.
Inspector: Finch

Nov. 10

By Enterprises Inc.

DBA: American Deli
150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Suite E7, Gainesville
Score: 92, Grade: A
Mold on ice maker baffle. Employee prepping food without hair restraint. Bulk storage boxes need detailed cleaning.
Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

730 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 72, Grade: C
Georgia law requires that a CFSM be on staff within 90 days of permitting - no CFSM on staff. No soap at employee hand sink. Handsink blocked by a barrel of cocoa. No date marking system in place. Freezer is freezing solid and causing frozen condensation in adjacent walk-in cooler. Most food in walk-in cooler has gone bad and is covered in mold. Employee without hair restraint. Greasy cardboard and aluminum foil covering most surfaces most surfaces in kitchen. Gasket on walk-in cooler torn. Men's and ladies' rooms do not have soap. Ladies room does not have covered waste container.
Inspector: McDuffie

Nov. 12

2 Dog Restaurant
317 Spring St. SE, Gainesville
Score: 97, Grade: A
Gaskets on reach in and make line coolers damaged. Warewasher needs detailed cleaning. Gaskets on coolers need better cleaning; bulk storage containers have food debris - clean all containers more frequently; spices and the trays they are stored on need better cleaning; utensils storage containers have food debris. Floor and walls around warewashing area need mold, mildew removed and all surfaces cleaned
Inspector: McDuffie

New York's Famous
Beef Franks

996 Athens St., Suite D, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

Nov. 15

The Big Bear Cafe
893 Main St., Gainesville
Score: 91, Grade: A
Two door cooler not maintaining required temperatures. All sinks need caulking removed, thorough cleaning done and all sinks resealed to walls. Test strips not available. Warewasher needs cleaning inside and out; hood system needs service. Two leaks under warewasher; two leaks under sinks at dirty side of warewasher. Cove molding missing in most of kitchen, men's room. Personal belongings stored with food and single-serve items.
Inspector: McDuffie

Pizza Hut
1501 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 91, Grade: A
Pizza pans (large and small) stacked after cleaning and sanitizing through dish machine with crust residue still inside. Can opener blade left with food debris from last use. Dishwasher has leak at vacuum breaker. Ceiling peeling (dry wall) away from wall at wall/ceiling juncture next to pizza make line. Plastic covered baseboard coming away from wall on right side of door inside walk-in cooler. Baseboard and tile floor have a gap at floor/wall juncture in back of walk-in cooler. Floor needs better cleaning around wheels of shelving in back room (next to proofer) where bottled drinks are stored.
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Nov. 17

Enota Elementary

1340 Enota Ave., Gainesville
Score: 98, Grade: A
Water pooled on kitchen floors and large pools in corners - couple of floor tiles cracked.
Inspector: Donna Black

Cocktail Cove Grill & Bar
5715 Holiday Road, Buford
Score: 98, Grade: A
Hood vents and inside hood (Ansul lines) need to be cleaned to prevent grease from dripping onto food, food contact surfaces. Walls in cook area need better cleaning - above make-line cooler with grease splatters and along galvanized metal backsplash beside fryers with grease accumulation. Floors need water, food debris cleaned up behind cook line. Ceiling needs cleaning in cook area.
Inspector: Wentworth

Nov. 18

Oven House Pizza
3904 Winder Highway, Suite B, Oakwood
Score: 92, Grade: A
Sanitizer solution for storage of cloths used to wipe food contact surfaces under dough prep table with large buildup of food debris. Sanitizer container set up at pizza make line without detectable sanitizer. Current inspection posted behind service counter. Serving utensils, spatulas stored with food, lip contact surface out of storage containers allowing for handling of this surface when handling for use. Vent over dry storage shelving, pizza pan storage, salad prep area very dusty. Floor/wall juncture in cooler needs to be cleaned and then sealed to prevent gap that allows food debris to accumulate.
Inspector: Wentworth

Burger King
P.O. Box 6305, Gainesville
Score: 92, Grade: A
Interior of microwave has food debris. Utensils stored in drawers with grease, food debris. Hood over fryers needs cleaning. Grease container dripping on ground. Dumpster open. Wall behind water heater must be repaired.
Inspector: McDuffie

1784 Atlanta Highway, Suite A1 & A2, Gainesville
Score: 91, Grade: A
Georgia law required a CFSM on staff within 90 days of permitting. Food splatters on interior microwave surfaces. Some cracked floor tiles; floor needs detailed cleaning.
Inspector: McDuffie

3208 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville
Score: 92, Grade: A
Handsink in kitchen without soap - no refills in store. No paper towels in ladies room. Soda dispenser nozzles have heavy accumulations.
Inspector: McDuffie

E.E. Butler
1300 Old Athens Highway, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
Final internal rinse in dish machine 200 degrees.
Inspector: Black

Jennifer Messer


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