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

SEPT. 21

Buffalo’s Cafe

3446 Winder Highway, Flowery Branch

Score: 94, Grade: A

Slime, debris and accumulations found in bar soda gun, tea urn nozzle spouts and interior surfaces, crevices of ice machine. Food debris observed on stored cutting boards and knives.



7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford

Score: 87, Grade: B

Inside of ice machine with buildup of mold on back wall of bin and behind baffle. An older two-door sandwich unit was found not able to hold time and temperature control for safety food items at required 41F or below.

Friendship Elementary School

4450 Friendship Road. Buford

Score: 100, Grade: A


Loretta’s Country Kitchen

4305 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood

Score: 85, Grade: B

Foods cold-held in pans at self-service line 48-50 F. Pan of eggs left sitting out on countertop until reached 60 F and then returned to cooler for cold holding after breakfast ended.

Self-service cold bar needs a physical barrier (sneeze guard) between displayed foods and nose or mouth of customers. Shelves and cubby areas badly rusted on tables beside warewashing machine and stovetops.


Sidney’s Restaurant

7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford

Score: 83, Grade: B

Tea urn nozzles observed with a heavy buildup of mold.



Sonic Braselton

7425 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 96, Grade: A


SEPT. 22

Centennial Arts Academy

852 Century Place, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A


Gainesville Exploration Academy

1145 McEver Road, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A


SEPT. 23

Church’s Fried Chicken

600 E.E. Butler Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 97, Grade: A


Dean Myers Elementary School

2676 Candler Road, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A


El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant 

1830 Atlanta Road, Gainesville

Score: 90, Grade: A

Observed open can of energy drink beside tortillas on shelf above make line cooler. No sanitizer registering on test strips for wiping bucket in front dinning area. Cups stored along wall beside ice cooler are stacked wet nested.

Friendship Auction

981 Gainesville Highway, Buford

Score: 90, Grade: A

Kitchenware and utensils observed with greasy residue. Shelving under prep tables observed with an accumulation of grease, dust, rodent evidence.


The Big Bear Cafe

893 Main St., Gainesville

Score: 77, Grade: C

Box of raw bacon observed stored above buckets of sweet tea and beside ready-to-eat lunch foods in the reach-in cooler. Several pans of leftovers were stored in reach-in cooler without date labels. Inspection report posted for public view is not the most recent inspection; score of 92 from Feb. 16 was displayed on the wall where inspection score of 54 from Sept. 14 is the most recent.

Stove and fryers have buildup of grease and food debris.


SEPT. 26

Dairy Queen

3156 Frontage Road, Gainesville

Score: 90, Grade: A

The baffle inside the ice machine had mold accumulations and needs to be cleaned more frequently.


El Rey Mexican Restaurant

380 Cleveland Highway, Clermont

Score: 90, Grade: A

Observed an employee carry their personal plate of food from outside the restaurant, and set it on the cutting board at the cookline and continue eating.


Papa John’s No. 2973

4605 Elk Ridge Court, Flowery Branch

Score: 100, Grade: A


Sweet Magnolias

118 Main St., Gainesville

Score: 88, Grade: B

Raw chicken was stored on top of raw ground beef in the two-door cooler and beside raw shrimp.


SEPT. 29

Jones Early Learning Development Center

1 Sixth St., Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

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