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Kitchen Inspections: Oct. 28-Nov. 2
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Oct. 28-Nov. 2 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 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. Establishments with drive-thru 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 at

To register a complaint against a food service establishment, contact the Hall County Environmental Health Department at 770-531-3973.


OCT. 28

Branch House Tavern

5466 McEver Road, Flowery Branch        

Score: 96, Grade: A

Food handlers were wearing watches, bracelets; only a plain wedding band can be worn, no other type of jewelry. Pans in dish area were stacked wet together; allow all items to air dry before stacking.

Inspector: Donna Black


Hardee’s No. 5983

4538 Oakwood Road, Oakwood

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: T’Shane Williams


Kenzo Japanese Restaurant

4977 Lanier Islands Parkway Suite 108, Buford

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth


Reid’s Cafe

5337 Thompson Bridge Road, Murrayville

Score: 90, Grade: A

Food handler on prep line found with and eating open bag of chips; all drinking and eating must take place in a designated area to prevent possible contamination of food. Food handlers not wearing proper hair restraints; all food handlers must wear a hat or hair net when in kitchen. Food handlers wearing watches and rings; the only jewelry allowed is a plain wedding band, no other bracelets, watches or rings are allowed. Lights throughout kitchen are missing shields and the black end cap; all lighting must be shielded to prevent possible contamination of food from broken glass.

Inspector: Black



4906 Friendship Road, Buford

Score: 96, Grade: A

Tomato slicer had mold and food debris. Coca-Cola soda machine nozzle up front and tea urn nozzles had an accumulation of mold. Food contact surfaces and equipment must be cleaned frequently enough to prevent debris accumulation and mold growth.

Inspector: Williams

OCT. 29

Buffalo Wild Wings

1185 Dawsonville Highway NW, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Black


Cheeseburger Bobby’s

5855 Spout Springs Road Suite A 408, Flowery Branch

Score: 99, Grade: A

Floor throughout kitchen and in the back area behind and beside sinks had accumulation of food debris. Physical facilities shall be cleaned as often as necessary to prevent buildup and contamination of food products.

Inspector: Williams


Coastal Breeze

5390 Lanier Island Parkway, Buford

Score: 97, Grade: A

Prep cooler across from grill found with condensate leak; have repaired and do not store any foods in this non-potable water. Floors found with grease accumulation and debris underneath fryers, at floor and wall junctures underneath equipment and in back storage area; keep floors clean. Floors were separating at the seams in kitchen and other areas throughout kitchen; establishment is getting estimates for replacing floors.

Inspector: Black


Waffle House No. 615

3175 Frontage Road, Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A

Top of prep cooler that is next to the grill is not functioning correctly and they are required to use ice; ice is constantly melting. Have unit repaired so that cooler will maintain temperatures at 41 F and below.

Inspector: Williams


Nov. 2

East Hall High School

3534 East Hall Road, Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A

Fans in walk-in cooler had heavy dust buildup. Clean all non food contact surfaces frequently to prevent accumulation. Inspector: Holly Cochran


Arby’s No. 5421

3652 Mundy Mill Road, Gainesville

Score: 96, Grade: A

Mold buildup found inside tea nozzle in drive thru area and up front. Food contact surfaces shall be cleaned frequently enough to prevent mold-like buildup.

Inspector: Williams


Pueblos Mexican Cuisine

3630 Thompson Bridge Road

Suite 1, Gainesville

Score: 95, Grade: A

No detectable sanitizer was found in buckets used to hold wiping cloths. Cloths in use for wiping counters and equipment must be held in a chemical sanitizer solution at a concentration strong enough to effectively sanitize food contact surfaces. Light bulbs in walk-in cooler were missing protective shielding. Light bulbs should be shielded, coated or shatter-resistant in areas where food is stored.

Inspector: Amanda Gill


Senor Fiesta No. 2

1943 Jesse Jewell Parkway NE Suite 900, Gainesville

Score: 87, Grade: B

Observed employee at three-compartment sink scraping soiled plates and utensils, then loading them in the ware-washing machine, and unloading clean dishes with no hand washing step between tasks. Employees must wash hands after handling soiled equipment and utensils before beginning another task to prevent contamination. There was no sanitizer present in the solution the wiping cloths were being held in. Wiping cloths were stored in hand sinks and on countertops; wiping cloths must be stored in a sanitizing solution to ensure surfaces are adequately cleaned and sanitized. Hand sink and vegetable prep sink must be resealed to the wall to prevent entrapment of food debris and water.

Inspector: Cochran


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