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Kitchen inspections, Oct. 12-18
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Oct. 12-18 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.

Oct. 12


Taco Bell No. 4317
1409 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 98, Grade: A
Gaskets on makeline have accumulations of food, water, mold, mildew. Dumpster lids broken; Dumpster doors open.
Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie
Crossroads Deli & Yogurt
2888 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

Schlotzsky's Deli
302 Broad St., Suite A, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Shelby Finch
Comfort Suites
1755 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Donna Black

Oct. 13

Waffle House
3175 Frontage Road, Gainesville
Score: 82, Grade: B
Food employee did not wash hands prior to donning gloves. Cooler not keeping less than or equal to 41 F causing ham to be 55 F.
Inspector: Finch

Bruster's Ice Cream/Nathan's
3204 Atlanta Highway, Suite 220, Gainesville
Score: 97, Grade: A
Expired milk.
Inspector: Finch

Chef Wang V Chinese Restaurant
4995 E Friendship Road, Buford
Score: 82, Grade: B
Raw foods (chicken, eggs, beef) stored on top and directly beside ready to eat foods. All foods must stay covered while in storage. Dishes not being sanitized. Rice ladle in standing water. Gaskets on cooler doors being held together with tape. Replace missing cover on trash can in restroom. Clean floors and walls better - mold on wall at three-comp. sink and food debris.
Inspector: Black

4977 Friendship Road, Buford
Score: 95, Grade: A
Label all chemical bottles with common name so that chemicals are known in bottle. Coke lines leaking underneath cabinet and dripping onto floor.
Inspector: Black

Oct. 15

Oven House Pizza
3904 Winder Highway, Suite B, Oakwood
Score: 77, Grade: C
No Certified Food Safety Manager on staff. Food handler washing hands and then drying them using a cloth towel. No paper towels available in kitchen for handwashing. No inspection posted for public to view. Pizza make line cooler door gaskets are ripped across top. Floor/wall juncture inside walk-in cooler needs to be cleaned to prevent accumulation of food debris. Floor/wall juncture in walk-in cooler needs to be sealed better to prevent gap that allows for food accumulation.
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

1002 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 83, Grade: B
Mold, mildew on ice maker baffle. Potato cakes and corndogs below required hot holding temperature. Fan cover missing in walk-in cooler. Gaskets on make lines have mold, mildew, food debris, water. Dust on ansul systems and vents in exhaust hoods. Dumpster open. Grease container dripping onto asphalt. Tires in enclosure, lumber scraps piled to the side. Coving in many areas no longer attached; ceiling in walk-in cooler has dust accumulation; holes in wall in closet with water heater; coving missing or not sealed.
Inspector: McDuffie

Oct. 18

1235 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

North Hall High School
4885 Mount Vernon Road, Gainesville
Score: 93, Grade: A
Slicer with dried food debris on back of blade from last use (yesterday). Outdated milk left in milk box for next day's service.
Inspector: Wentworth

Lula Elementary School
6130 Chattahoochee St., Lula
Score: 94, Grade: A
Large build-up of food debris in sanitizer containers for cloths used to wipe dining tables. Dishwasher leaking at connection to booster heater. Dumpster No. 1 is leaking on left side.
Inspector: Wentworth

El Centinela Mexican Restaurant
7380 Spout Springs Road, Suite 170, Flowery Branch
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

Waffle House No. 1764
7415 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 89, Grade: B
Mold, mildew in ice maker bin. Cook without hair restraint. Utensil drawers have grease and food debris. Hood system dripping grease; coffee maker has dried grease, food debris on exterior surfaces; refrigerated drawers have food and grease accumulations. Gaskets on coolers and cooler drawers have mold, mildew; all cabinets need detailed cleaning. Grease container dripping in enclosure. Floors throughout have food, water, trash, glasses, etc. especially at floor/wall juncture (and inside coolers).
Inspector: McDuffie

Domino's Pizza
2550 A Limestone Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 95, Grade: A
Paper towels laying on top of foods. Always air dry kitchenware before stacking.
Inspector: Black
Jennifer Messer

Oct. 18

2105 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 92, Grade: A
Dish machine not dispensing sanitizer and dishes being ran through - couple of utensils with food debris. Foods stored in plastic to go bags. Cloths out of sanitizer on counters. Tiles broken around mop sink and caulk loose - damaged ceiling tiles over self service ice-repair areas.
Inspector: Black

Oct. 19

Autumn Breeze
2215 Old Hamilton Place, Gainesville
Score: 99, Grade: A
Floors need better cleaning at floor/wall junctures and behind equipment.
Inspector: Black

Chestatee Middle School
2740 Fran Mar Drive, Gainesville
Score: 93, Grade: A
Uncovered salads and fruit stored in cold pass-through directly under dusty vent cover for compressor. Surface temperature of kitchenware, utensils not reaching required 160 degrees internally. Top of slicer blade guard greasy from last use. Many salad items are pushed to front of serving line and in front of sneeze shields.
Inspector: Wentworth

Bottom of the Cup Golf
7435 Spout Springs Road No. 101, Flowery Branch
Score: 81, Grade: B
No soap or paper towels at hand sink at bar. Slicer, pans, soda gun, ice machine baffle with food residue. No dates on foods. Inside coolers, beer coolers, shelves with residue and need to be cleaned. Floors and walls with food residue and need to be cleaned. Numerous flies in kitchen.
Inspector: Black

Hampton Inn
450 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 97, Grade: A
Servsafe certificate not posted. Wood shelf underneath coffee maker is peeling paint.
Inspector: Black

Days Inn
520 Queen City Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 93, Grade: A
No paper towels at hand sink. Shelves in kitchen area and food area with debris - outsides of containers with debris. Floors and walls in kitchen area with debris and need to be cleaned - ceiling above food bar area appears to have previous water damage — ceiling is stained.
Inspector: Black

Jennifer Messer


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