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Kitchen inspections, Sept. 28-Oct. 8
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Sept. 28-Oct. 8 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.

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

Sept. 28

Five Guys Famous Burgers & Fries

Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville

Score: 96, Grade: A

Coke dispenser nozzles with accumulation.

Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

Oct. 1


1711 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 84, Grade: B

Salads and food in coolers not covered. Knives had food debris, pan lids had food debris and grease, some other pans with food debris. Ice machine had some mold, mildew. Tea nozzles had some mold, mildew; interior of coke nozzle had mold, mildew. Alfredo sauce at 78 F, chicken batter at 54 F, and butter spread at 48.8 F in ice bath. Floor drain in bar clogged and unable to rid of water draining on floor.

Inspector: Shelby Finch

Oct. 2

Johnny’s New York Style Pizza

7380 Spout Springs Road, Suite 450, Flowery Branch

Score: 88, Grade: B

Pink water mold on baffle of ice maker; accumulations on soft drink nozzles. Thawing 5 pounds of ham under hot water at 127 F. Utensil storage in 5-gallon bucket with dried food debris, etc. Gaskets on pizza make line and walk-in cooler severely damaged. Dumpster has no lids. Floors throughout with food, trash, etc.

Inspector: McDuffie

Royal Lakes Restaurant/Catering

4700 Royal Lake Drive, Flowery Branch

Score: 93, Grade: A

Soda gun in bar with accumulation; dishes stored with food debris. Utensil drawers have accumulation of dried food, etc. Pans, etc., wet-nested. Gaskets on make line with food debris, water, mold, mildew.

Inspector: McDuffie

Oct. 5

Waffle House No. 1764

7415 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 85, Grade: B

Hand sink with no soap. Hand sink with no towels. Salad bowls, etc. with food debris; pans stored with food debris. No sanitizer test strips. Grease container open. Trash on ground in dumpster enclosure. Floors throughout have trash, food, etc. Ants in dry storage; rodent droppings in box of paperwork.

Inspector: McDuffie

Los Tres Hermanos

2115 Athens Highway, Gainesville

Score: 95, Grade: A

Pink slime mold on ice machine baffle; interior of microwave has dried food splatters, food debris. Dumpster open. Trash, rugs, etc., on ground in enclosure. Grease container on grass.

Inspector: McDuffie

AJ’s Food Fun & Friends

322 Spring St., Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A

Gaskets on make line are torn. Food debris in gaskets.

Inspector: McDuffie


658 B Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A

Three-compartment sink no longer attached to wall.

Inspector: McDuffie

China Gourmet

150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Suite E8, Gainesville

Score: 86, Grade: B

Potentially hazardous foods must be 41 degrees F or less for cold holding. Fried chicken placed in pan and held at 96 degrees F before cooking again and placed on steam table. Wiping cloths must be stored submerged in sanitizer between uses. Must keep minimum required sanitizer concentration in buckets. Accumulation of food debris under ice machine and equipment throughout kitchen. Clean all the way to the floor/wall juncture under shelves and in dry storage. Keep personal items, medical supplies and medicine separate from areas where utensils and food are stored.

Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines

Oct. 6

Taqueria El Zacatecaz

711 D Industrial Blvd., Gainesville

Score: 80, Grade: B

Sandwiches for mobile unit being made without gloves. Hot holding food temperatures on truck not met. Only unwrapped single service utensils on vehicle for customers to "grab-out" of container.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Taqueria El Zacatecaz

Industrial Blvd., Gainesville

Score: 70, Grade: C

No one at the restaurant has attended the required certification training for the Certified Food Safety Manager. Several times hands being "rinsed off" with pre-rinse sprayer at three-compartment sink and then going back to food prep. Neither food handler wearing gloves to make sandwiches and wrap tortillas. Bottles of soda on prep tables in kitchen for employee drinks. Food handler munching while prepping food (making tortillas). Utensils stored with dried food debris on them in bus tubs under prep table (bus tubs need to be wiped out). Slicer with dried bits of meat on blade cradle. No stem thermometer available to monitor food temperatures — cooking, reheating, and hot and cold holding temperatures. Wiping cloths laying on prep tables — no sanitizer solution set up for the storage of these cloths between uses. To-go bags being used to line tortilla press — these bags are only for carrying food in containers or wrapped foods from your establishment and should not be used to cover press to contact food.

Inspector: Wentworth

Great American Chocolate Chip Cookie Company

150 Pearl Nix Parkway,
Suite E4, Gainesville

Score: 98, Grade: A

Scoops, utensils stored in crate with food debris. Personal belongings stored above and with food in cooler, on top of foods and on bags-in-boxes.

Inspector: McDuffie

Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers

416 Shallowford Road, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: McDuffie

Clermont Hotel

101 Dean St., Clermont

Score: 96, Grade: A

Need to clean ice liners. Tub peeling in Room 3.

Inspector: Donna Black

Burger King

403 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: McDuffie

Oct. 7

Waffle House No. 1865

5536 McEver Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Wentworth

Hampton Inn & Suites

4660 Holland Dam Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Black

Oct. 8

Domino’s Pizza

890 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville

Score: 95, Grade: A

Sauce container (emptied and rinsed) in prep sink. No sanitizer strips.

Inspector: McDuffie

Starbuck’s Coffee Company

821 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: McDuffie

Jennifer Messer

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