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Kitchen inspections Oct. 31
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Oct. 31-Nov. 8 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 health.state.ga.us/programs/envservices/index.asp.
To register a complaint against a food service establishment, contact the Hall County Environmental Health Department at 770-531-3973.

Oct. 31


Mellow Mushroom
700 Green St., Gainesville
Score: 98, Grade: A
Walls and floors need detailed cleaning to prevent contamination and insect and rodent attraction; coving needs repair and replacement in some areas to provide smooth, durable and easily cleanable surfaces.
Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

La Mejor De Michoacan
730 Pearl Nix Parkway, Suite B, Gainesville
Score: 91, Grade: A
No paper towels at hand sink behind counter at the beginning of inspection. Walk-in freezer still has ice issue. Hand sink in kitchen has extremely low pressure; no hot water. Both Dumpsters were open; trash, garbage on the ground.
Inspector: McDuffie

Dean Myers Elementary School
2676 Candler Road, Gainesville
Score:100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie


Nov. 2


Bucket O’ Shrimp
272 Dawsonville Highway, Suite A, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
Cook washing hands in vegetable prep sink. Kitchen hand sink stocked with hand sanitizer; no hand soap for proper hand washing. Kitchen hand sink without supply of disposable towels, or other approved hand drying devices.
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Lil’ D’s Concession Mobile Food Unit
3039 Saddle Creek Drive, Gainesville
Score: 88, Grade: B
No water pressure available for allowing the use of hand sink on vehicle. Since water brought from base of operation could not be pumped, water from corn maze was used for hand washing. This water source not approved for this unit. Lemons squeezed for drinks, but no vegetable prep sink on trailer to allow for the washing of lemons. Area around three-compartment sink needs good cleaning. Containers with sugar need a good cleaning on the outside. Floor needs cleaning under equipment.
Inspector: Wentworth

Sweet House Barbecue
5340 Cornelia Highway, Building 3, Alto
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Donna Black

The Oaks Miniature Golf
3709 Whiting Road, Gainesville
Score: 98, Grade: A
Lights in the back kitchen area are not shielded, and a few missing end caps. Personal items stored with customer items.
Inspector: Black

The Blue Cow
6031 Main St., Lula
Score: 96, Grade: A
Ice cream scoops, pans and other food utensils left with food residue.
Inspector: Black


Nov. 5


Burger and Shake No. 6
3630 Thompson Bridge Road, Suite 14, Gainesville
Score: 90, Grade: A
Foods’ in freezer without cover; bags not closed allowing some foods to be exposed to packages above it. Washed onion and bell pepper on shelf uncovered, directly sitting on shelf. No dates on food. Single service containers being reused to store food.
Inspector: Black

Curt’s Grill
996 Athens St., Suite D, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Women’s restroom door will need different self closer than hinge; door doesn’t close properly with hinge closer. Will need another cooler for the storage of cold food items; currently only a one-door sandwich unit is available.
Inspector: Wentworth

Brenau East Bistro
1001 Chestnut St. SE, 200, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Wentworth


Nov. 6


Inn Between Deli
965 Riverside Drive, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Shelby Finch

Andy’s Place
6018 Athens St., Lula
Score: 93, Grade: A
No soap or paper towels at hand sink; no dispensers to hold the items. Homestyle cooler in kitchen leaking water, rusting on bottom and outer liner coating peeling inside freezer part; starting to show insulation. Bottom of pizza prep cooler peeling and showing rust. Bottom of cart, outside bulk food containers, shelves beside floor mixer underneath grill area with food residue. Floors underneath fryers and three-compartment sink area with grease and walls around three-compartment sink area, dirty.
Inspector: Black

Chick-fil-A Longstreet
Lobby of Longstreet Clinic, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Black


Nov. 7


Dairy Queen
951 Green St., Gainesville
Score: 93, Grade: A
Baffle of ice machine with mold and mildew built up; Coke diffusers with mold and mildew, and around coke draining areas and ice bins at the drive-thru Coke station. Cooler leaking water; pooled on bottom with box of individual packs of butter in water. Areas such as shelves, cheese freezer beside grill, below grill, inside ovens, sides and tops of ice machine contain grease and food residue.
Inspector: Black

Poor Richards
1702 Park Hill Drive, Gainesville
Score: 90, Grade: A
Baked potatoes that had already been cooked were sitting on shelf with temperature at 63 degrees. Employee washing off gloves at hand sink
Inspector: Black


Nov. 8


North Georgia Detention Center
622 Main St. SW, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Finch

Quiznos Subs
417 Main St. SW, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Finch

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