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Kitchen Inspections: Oct. 21 - Oct. 29
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Oct. 21-29 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. 21

West Hall High School
5500 McEver Road, Oakwood
Score: 94, Grade: A
Tomato slicer stored with dried tomato pieces between blades. Large accumulation of metal shavings under gear of can opener. Food handler carried clean pair of gloves and dirty dishes to dish room and then put gloves on to work with food. Wall behind pre-wash sprayer is mildewed.
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Oct. 23

Lanier Career Center
2723 Tumbling Creek Road, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

Brenau Dining Services Tea Room
Centennial Cir., Gainesville
Score: 97, Grade: A
Hand sink caulking has mold, mildew and is coming away from the wall. Floors throughout need better cleaning. Light out in walk-in freezer.
Inspector: McDuffie

Crossroads Deli and Yogurt
2888 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

Oct. 26

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

Quiznos Subs
417 Main St., S.W., Gainesville
Score: 98, Grade: A
Gaskets on two-door make line damaged. No covered waste container in ladies room.
Inspector: McDuffie

Oct. 27

Jay Lou’s Restaurant
940 Pine St., Gainesville
Score: 98, Grade: A
Gaskets on double door and one make line cooler are damaged. Shelves with dried food debris. Areas under counters, equipment need better cleaning — clean floors all the way to the floor/wall juncture.
Inspector: McDuffie

Morningside Assisted Living Facility

2435 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 94, Grade: A
Employee without hair restraint. Utensil drawers have food debris, storage drawers under drink station need better cleaning. Gaskets on triple-door cooler and dorm refrigerator at drink station have damage. Cove molding is secured to walls using screws.
Inspector: McDuffie

Re-Cess Southern Gastro Pub
118 Bradford St., Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

Oct. 28

Grapes & Hops Bar and Bistro (The Club Room DBA)
4856 B Hog Mountain Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 98, Grade: A
Some gaskets damaged. Gaskets have an accumulation of food, water, etc. Ceiling in dish area peeling; ceiling tiles in kitchen damaged; floors throughout, walls, etc. need better cleaning.
Inspector: McDuffie

Oct. 29

Waffle House No. 1178
1240 Candler Road, Gainesville
Score: 88, Grade: B
Ham, tomatoes and waffle batter in make-line cooler not kept at less than 41 degrees F. Concentration level in sanitizer buckets immeasurable.
Inspector: Shelby Finch

Friendship Elementary School
4450 Friendship Road, Buford
Score: 97, Grade: A
Walk-in cooler evaporator drain is still leaking into pan kept underneath drain. Walk-in freezer evaporator drain with large ice formation on drain pipe. Both cold pass-thru units have damaged door gaskets (ripped). Dryer vent hose ripped, allowing lint to spill out on floor behind dryer and accumulate; plate around dryer hose outlet needs to be resealed around.
Inspector: Wentworth
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