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Kitchen inspections, Sept. 16
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Sept. 7-13 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-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.

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

Sept. 7

China Gourmet

150 Pearl Nix Parkway Suite E8, Gainesville

Score: 93, Grade: A

Lettuce stored directly on top of fly swatters. Ice scoop stored in ice bin with handles laying in ice. Cove baseboard loose/missing throughout kitchen. Floors underneath equipment with residue. Lights over food are not properly shielded.

Inspector: Donna Black

Blimpie

4949 Friendship Road Suite 110, Buford

Score: 98, Grade: A

Floors along wall need much better cleaning to prevent contamination; wall behind three-compartment sink needs detailed cleaning.

Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

Antebellum

5510 Church St., Flowery Branch

Score: 90, Grade: A

Chlorine sanitizer exceeding 200 ppm in cloth sanitizer buckets. No thermometer for monitoring temperatures of hot and cold held foods and cooking, reheating temperatures. Front screen door to kitchen alley has a large gap where door does not seal tight in doorway and gap can allow for possible insect, rodent entry.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store No. 641

4758 Friendship Road, Buford

Score: 97, Grade: A

A few gaskets damaged. Some sinks no longer sealed to walls. Warewasher has accumulations inside and out. All gaskets on make lines, coolers drawers, etc., have heavy accumulations of mold, mildew, food debris, water. Floors throughout need much better cleaning. Grout is eroded in most areas of kitchen floor, some tiles broken, loose. Water, trash, food accumulate in the joints.

Inspector: McDuffie

Popeyes Fried Chicken

821 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: McDuffie

Sept. 10

Riverside Military Academy

2001 Riverside Drive, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Shelby Finch

Brenau Dining Services Tea Room

One Centennial Circle, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Finch

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar

1705 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A

Nearly all gaskets on coolers are damaged.

Inspector: McDuffie

Five Guys Burgers & Fries

658 A Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: McDuffie

Jones Early Learning Development Center

1 Sixth St., Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: McDuffie

Dawg House

3087 McEver Road, Buford

Score: 90, Grade: A

Open bottles of water in prep area. Food handler washing hands in three-compartment sink. Bottle of Windex on shelf with food items above prep area where crock pot of chili reheating. Two cans of Raid (for outdoor use) on prep area next to pot of chili. No chlorine test strips to monitor the strength of chlorine (bleach) being used as sanitizer in three-compartment sink. Floors need better cleaning under equipment. Fluorescent light fixtures over cook area, prep sinks and some prep area without lens over fixture to prevent broken glass, powder from contaminating food handling areas.

Inspector: Wentworth

Mama-Ruth’s Kitchen

804 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A

Scoops in bulk foods with handles down in product and must keep scoops with handles extended out of product.

Inspector: Black

Wings & Philly

2115 Atlanta Highway Suite A, Gainesville

Score: 93, Grade: A

Cloths laying on counters and prep surfaces. Screen-like curtain being used at back door that has large gap and unable to close.

Inspector: Black

Sept. 11

Best Western Plus Lake Lanier/Gainesville

4535 Oakwood Road, Oakwood

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Black

Moonie’s Texas Barbecue

5545 Atlanta Highway, Flowery Branch

Score: 99, Grade: A

Floors with food, grease residue underneath smokers and other equipment/sinks-walls at three-compartment sink area with residue.

Inspector: Black

The Olive Gardan Italian Restaurant No. 1881

1175 Dawsonville Highway N.W., Gainesville

Score: 90, Grade: A

No soap at front hand sink next to soup station. Food handler washing container of strawberries in hand sink. Many of the utensils stored over prep area found with dried food debris. Dishwsher final rinse pressure running above required 15-25 psi at 35 psi. Inside of ice machine with large buildup of mold in corners of bin and chute.

Inspector: Wentworth

Smokehouse Catering

3205 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville

Score: 86, Grade: B

Banana pudding (individual servings) on rack in serving area at 96 F without time written on containers as specified in written procedure at establishment. No self-closer on employee restroom door. No covered trash container in employees restroom. End caps missing on fluorescent bulbs in fixture above back smoker. Gap around back door. Hole around ice machine drain to outside can allow for possible insect, rodent entry.

Inspector: Wentworth

Corner Cafe

6099 Lula Road Suite 3, Lula

Score: 99, Grade: A

Hood system dripping grease.

Inspector: McDuffie

Riverbend Elementary

1742 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: McDuffie

White Sulphur Elementary

2480 Old Cornelia Highway, Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A

Dumpster open. Cardboard recycling Dumpster is on grass. Other Dumpster halfway on grass. Dumpster plug missing from recycle Dumpster. No. 2 Dumpster leaking onto ground.

Inspector: McDuffie

Johnny’s BBQ Inc.

1710 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Finch

El Rey Mexican Restaurant

380 Cleveland Highway, Clermont

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Finch

Gainesville Middle School

1581 Community Way, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Finch

Shannan Finke

 

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