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Kitchen inspections, Oct. 18-25
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Oct. 18-25 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. 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: Donna 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: Laurie 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

Oct. 20

5458 McEver Road, C-4, Flowery Branch
Score: 96, Grade: A
Straws on customer self service counter must be individually wrapped or in an approved dispenser. Replace torn gaskets on cooler doors. Food, grease in cabinets, on shelves. Floors and walls need to be cleaned better.
Inspector: Black

World Language Academy
4670 Winder Highway, Flowery Branch
Score: 84, Grade: B
Nuggets for chicken wraps cooked and left out on rack for prepping as you go. Items pulled from freezer to thaw in cooler without thaw date and discard date. Ice container for adults to self-serve in cafeteria with a styrofoam cup to scoop. No cover on ice container in cafeteria for self-service.
Inspector: Wentworth

Oct. 21

Burger King
806 Athens St., Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Shelby Finch

McDonald's Restaurant
3183 Frontage Road, Gainesville
Score: 99, Grade: A
Outside storage area needs resealing, repairing to prevent access of rodents.
Inspector: Finch

Pud's Place
2125 Wilson Drive, Suite A, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

Oct. 25

Outback Steakhouse of Florida
655 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville
Score: 93, Grade: A
Mold, mildew on interior of ice maker, on cutting boards. Pans being stored wet. Gaskets on two door and walk-in cooler torn. Interior, exterior of warewasher needs detailed cleaning. Floors throughout need better cleaning. Walls and ceiling throughout need cleaning. Replace grout in walk-in and wherever else needed.
Inspector: McDuffie

Loretta's Country Kitchen
4305 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood
Score: 88, Grade: B
Fish on counter in water at 55 F. Several hot-held foods below required temperature. Hand sink no longer attached to wall. Aluminum foil on some surfaces. Warewasher needs cleaning both inside and out. No sanitizer registering at warewasher. Hoods all have grease and dust. Structural issues: tile, cove behind four-compartment sink, tile behind prep sink, tile, cove behind pan shelf by door, tile at kitchen door, tile in walk-in cooler and freezer, cove behind warewasher.
Inspector: McDuffie

T.J. Applebee's
1705 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 90, Grade: A
Soap and paper towels missing at back hand sink. Utensils, kitchenware with food residue. Running dipper wells not turned on enough to allow for water flow. Pans stacked wet. Test strips for chlorine missing.
Inspector: Black

Monterrey Mexican Restaurant
5745 Old Winder Highway, Braselton
Score: 91, Grade: A
All drinks in kitchen must be in a single service cup with a straw and lid. No sanitizer buckets made up to store cloths in. Tongs being used for foods on grill stored hanging over side of trash can allowing to touch trash. Coved baseboard tile loose from wall next to grill and loose underneath dish machine.
Inspector: Black

Sardis Elementary
2805 Sardis Road, Gainesville
Score: 99, Grade: A
Ceiling panels around diffusers and diffusers dusty throughout kitchen.
Inspector: Wentworth

Jennifer Messer


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