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Kitchen Inspections: Sept. 4-11
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Sept. 4-Sept. 11 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. 4

Burger King No. 7947 — Thompson Bridge

1337 Thompson Bridge Road NW, Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A

Employee’s personal items on top of items used for customers. All personal items must stay in a designated area.

Inspector: Donna Black


Reid’s Cafe

5337 Thompson Bridge Road, Murrayville

Score: 90, Grade: A

Open drink can. Cups without lids and straws in the kitchen. Ground beef to be prepped, in bags, with dirty dishes on top and around product. Cloths used for wiping food contact surfaces not being stored in sanitizer between uses.

Inspector: Black


Sept. 5

Subway No. 59634

4025 Winder Highway, Suite 500, Flowery Branch

Score: 96, Grade: A

Soda nozzles and diffusers with brown residue. Must clean and sanitize nozzles and diffusers as frequently and thoroughly as needed to prevent accumulation of residue or mold.

Inspector: Jennifer Wren


Wang’s Chinese Restaurant

4211 McEver Road, Suite 201, Oakwood

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Wren


Hibachi Buffet

1500 Browns Bridge Road, Suite 117, Gainesville

Score: 78, Grade: C

Raw shell eggs next to above raw vegetables on three-door sandwich unit. Raw frog legs were stored above lo mein noodles in walk-in cooler. Raw chicken stored over raw, shucked, uncovered oysters. Bread stored in containers unwrapped and stacked on top of each other. Bottom of containers can contaminate food when they are set on top of each other. Several phones were stored above prep areas.

Inspector: Erin Kincaid


Sept. 8

Chick-Fil-A at Guilford

1240 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Wren


Joe Muggs at Books-a-Million

150 Pearl Nix Parkway Suite D-9, Gainesville

Score: 91, Grade: A

The bake case was holding temperatures between 51-57 F (hot dog 51 F; cheesecake 53 F; peanut butter stack 57 F). Cold food items need to be stored at 41 degrees or below.

Inspector: Wren


Swirlin’ Twirlin’

5900 Spout Springs Road, Suite W-2, Flowery Branch

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Black



4930 Friendship Road, Buford

Score: 83, Grade: B

Sliced tomatoes at 54-57 F; bleu cheese temped at 63-65 F on sandwich make line. Muenster cheese temped at 69 F on top of makeline cooler and 49 F inside cooler. Heavy-duty degreaser stored above packages of buns. Employee handling food wearing a watch. Evaporator in walk-in cooler leaking into bag placed on top of food boxes to catch the leak.

Inspector: Wren


Mack’s Pit Stop Grill LLC

4251 Winder Highway, Flowery Branch

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Black


Papa John’s Pizza

4605 Elk Ridge Court, Flowery Branch

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Black


Sept. 9

Chattahoochee Golf Grill

301 Tommy Aaron Drive, Gainesville

Score: 96, Grade: A

Splash from hand-sink reaching surface of prep table next to grill. Floors under three-compartment sink, grill and prep tables with food debris.

Inspector: Wren


Dunkin’ Donuts

3629 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood

Score: 97, Grade: A

Ice scoop buried down in ice. Ice machine floors throughout kitchen especially underneath equipment, in walk-in cooler and freezer with food and sticky residue.

Inspector: Black


El Rey Mexican Restaurant

380 Cleveland Highway, Clermont

Score: 88, Grade: B

Cups and drinks throughout kitchen in unapproved container. No dates on prepared ready-to-eat foods. No food handler wearing hair restraint. Grease container sitting on grass.

Inspector: Black



4906 Friendship Road, Buford

Score: 87, Grade: B

Employee observed changing gloves and tasks without washing hands in between. Tomato slicer with mold and food debris, following cleaning and sanitizing steps. Icemaker with mold and mildew on baffle.

Inspector: Wren


Sept. 10

Cheeseburger Bobby’s

5855 Spout Springs Road Suite A-408, Flowery Branch

Score: 94, Grade: A

Ice machine with mold and mildew on baffle. Grease container with heavy spills on and around on-ground container.

Inspector: Black


Jay Lou’s Restaurant

940 Pine St., Gainesville

Score: 91, Grade: A

Shell eggs sitting out with temps 56 degrees. Eggs had been out for one hour.

Inspector: Black


Shane’s Rib Shack

5877 Spout Springs Road, Building D-500, Flowery Branch

Score: 81, Grade: B

Nozzles and diffusers of soda machine with residue. Hamburgers served “cooked-to-order” but not listed as a menu item on any menu. Pork shoulders cooling in walk-in cooler temped at 118 F, after cooling for 3.5 hours; temped at 101 F after cooling for four hours. Pork was wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and stacked two deep on sheet pans. Gasket on lowboy next to fryer in kitchen was ripped, allowing food debris to collect. Shelves in walk-in freezer with food debris accumulation and mold growth. Soiled, wet mops sitting in utility/service sink, no hangers for wet mops to dry.

Inspector: Wren


Stevie B’s Pizza

1500 Brown’s Bridge Road, Suite 119, Gainesville

Score: 95, Grade: A

Cutting boards, scoop and dish trays with residue. Inside door of walk-in cooler with metal pulling away from door.

Inspector: Black



5840 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Wren


Sept. 11

The Olive Garden Italian Restaurant No. 1881

1175 Dawsonville Highway NW, Gainesville

Score: 87, Grade: A

Ice machine baffled and bin with mold buildup. Six-drawer cold holding unit under grill holding potentially hazardous foods. Cooked pasta, raw shrimp and cooked rice above required cold holding temperature of 41 degrees or below.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

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