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Kitchen Inspections, Oct. 14-22
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Oct. 14-22 by the Hall County Environmental Health Department. New rules and regulations for food service began on Dec. 1, 2007. Food service establishments will now be 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 will be conducted based on risk categorization. The risk type shall be 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 new 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.
Oct. 14
Pizza Hut No. 4798
3815 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood
Score: 88, Grade: B
Soda dispensing nozzles and diffusers with mold buildup. Gaskets on all coolers have mold, mildew; cabinet under soda dispenser needs a good cleaning. Hand sinks, prep sink, three-compartment sink all coming away from the wall. Ceiling vent over proofer/prep area needs cleaning, has large accumulations of dust that can blow onto food contact surfaces; floors throughout need cleaning, especially under equipment and storage, where grease has accumulated; shelving over prep areas dripping onto prep areas; walls throughout have food, grease splatters; all ceilings have food splatters, grease, etc.
Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

Oct. 16
Old McDonald’s Bar-B-Q
5774 Holiday Road, Buford
Score: 90, Grade: A
Can opener blade with some grease, food buildup on top of blade and large buildup of metal shavings behind blade. Dining tables not being sanitized properly. Grease container no longer on concrete pad. Dumpster part way off concrete pad. Some FRP ceiling panels sagging. Some of ceiling still painted plywood that is deteriorating. Painted concrete floor in prep area to chip. Hood with accumulation of grease beginning to form drips. Both side doors to outside have gaps where door does not fit tight.
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Dairy Queen
300 Shallowford Road, Gainesville
Score: 84, Grade: B
Hand sinks blocked with food, cleaning cloths. Ice machine baffle with mold, mildew; tea dispenser nozzles with mold, mildew. Storage on floor in walk in freezer and cooler. Wiping cloths on counters, equipment, hand sinks. Gaskets on coolers with heavy accumulation of food, water, debris. Inner doors, outer doors of cake coolers need detailed cleaning. Floors, especially under shelving and equipment has a buildup of food, trash, water, etc. Heavy dust buildup on cake freezers, cover missing on one. Live roaches seen by mop sink.
Inspector: McDuffie

Burger and Shake
891 Dawsonville Highway, Suite 130, Gainesville
Score: 90, Grade: A
Interior of ice maker has mold, mildew. Chemicals stored with food. Some gaskets torn. Floors throughout kitchen need better cleaning, especially under storage crates.
Inspector: McDuffie

Schlotzsky’s Deli
302 Broad St., Suite A, Gainesville
Score: 68, Grade: U
Two hand sinks blocked, one towel dispenser does not work. Ice machine baffle has mold, mildew. Foods on sandwich makeline out of temperature. Thermometers missing in several coolers. Cleaning cloths on counters, equipment, tables, etc. Most cooler gaskets heavily damaged. Gaskets on coolers have a large accumulation of food, water, mold, mildew. Shelving has grease, dirt, etc. Lines, boxes and rack for soda dispensing have dust, syrup, etc.; seasoning bottles with dried food debris and lids missing. Three-compartment sink, one hand sink and prep sinks not attached to wall. Floors throughout have a heavy buildup of grease, food, etc. especially under shelving and equipment; cove molding loose in several areas — clean floors all the way to the floor/wall juncture. Walls have food splatters, grease. Some FRP coming away from walls. Roden droppings on trays, shelving, floors. Vector fly machine hung over food prep area.
Inspector: McDuffie

Oct. 19
5865 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 99, Grade: A
Starbucks — clean utensils stored behind faucet at hand sink. Pizza Hut — single-service utensils must be stored so handle end is exposed for touching.
Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines

Tony’s Gourmet Naked Dawg
5201 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Donna Black

Mestizo Southwest Grill
1210 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 91, Grade: A
Cup of coffee sitting on prep table. Some foods that are ready to eat with no expiration dates and some with wrong dates. Floors very greasy behind fryers; grout missing in tiles allowing water to pool; ceiling tiles damaged in kitchen; evaporator fans in walk in cooler dusty, black.
Inspector: Black

Taqueria Durango
1705 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville
Score: 75, Grade: C
Personal drink and bottle water in kitchen. Foods stored uncovered. Several utensils, slicer with food debris — dish machine not dispensing sanitizer and utensils being washed in it. Pork, beef on steam table with 97-109 degrees. Most current inspection not posted. Ice scoop with cracks, spatulas with melted and torn sections — rusty shelves with holes. Test strips missing. Sides of fryers, gyro cooker, door gaskets all with food residue. Floor tiles cracked, covered baseboard missing at counter, ceiling tiles damaged in dry storage, floors with residue.
Inspector: Black

Oct. 21
Schlotzsky’s Deli
302 Broad St., Suite A, Gainesville
Score: 90, Grade: A
Hand sink blocked with boxes. Ice machine baffle has mold, mildew. Cooler gaskets heavily damaged. Gaskets on coolers have a large accumulation of food, water, mold, mildew. Floors in storage area, especially under shelving and equipment need better cleaning — clean floors all the way to the floor/wall juncture.
Inspector: McDuffie

Oct. 22

3446 Winder Highway, Flowery Branch
Score: 98, Grade: A
Shelving covered with cardboard. Gaskets in sushi bar need better cleaning. Floors need better cleaning, especially under, behind equipment, storage — clean floors all the way to the floor/wall juncture.
Inspector: McDuffie

El Sombrero — College Square

3640 Mundy Mill Road, Suite 138, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
Food in reach in uncovered. Drink nozzles with buildup. Cutting board on makeline needs replacing.
Inspector: McDuffie

Waffle House No. 953
4410 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

Jennifer Messer

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