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Local Kitchen Inspections: Oct. 29 - Nov. 12
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Oct. 29-Nov. 12 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 at

To register a complaint against a food service establishment, contact the Hall County Environmental Health Department at 770-531-3973.
Oct. 29
Hott Tomatoz
5783 Old Winder Highway 211, Braselton
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Donna Black

Nov. 2
Todino’s Pizza
150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Suite E6, Gainesville
Score: 94, Grade: A
Slicer, peeler, coke nozzles, pans and other utensils and kitchenware with food residue. Pans stored on top of water heater. Shelves and inside of microwave are dirty and need to be cleaned.
Inspector: Black

Nov. 6
1002 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 88, Grade: B
Large lexan pans for hot holding broken, cracked. Freezer with ice everywhere, door frozen over, frozen condensate on boxes of food. Thermometers missing and not visible in walk-in cooler and freezer and make lines. Hand sink and three-compartment sinks not attached to walls. Gaskets on coolers have food debris; counters, equipment have dried grease and food debris. Water leak in pipe behind equipment leading to three-compartment sink, dripping onto floor. Floors in walk-ins have food, trash; floors in kitchen have grease, trash, food, water. Walls have a buildup of grease and food. Cove missing behind bag-in-boxes, loose cove in other areas.
Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

Loretta’s Country Kitchen
4305 Mundy Mill Road,
Score: 70, Grade: C
Employees not washing hands and changing gloves after handling food or dirty utensils. Employees handling RTE food with bare hands. Employee washing pots and pans and not sanitizing them properly. Accumulation of food debris on can opener; soft drink nozzles have accumulation; mold, mildew on ice machine baffle. Food not hot-held to required temperatures. Employees using wiping cloths to clean food contact surfaces left on counters, equipment; sanitizer buckets stored on floor. Pans, utensils stored wet. Employees not washing hands and changing gloves when beginning a new task. No covered waste container in ladies room. Dumpster open. Grease container has grease dripping from outside surfaces. Floor tiles missing in some areas, including walk-in cooler and freezer. Floors throughout need better cleaning; equipment surfaces have buildup of food, grease. Hood vents dusty, dripping grease.
Inspector: McDuffie

Gamed Restaurante Y Salon De Fiestas
425-7 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville
Score: 86, Grade: B
Food handler eating in kitchen. Tamales on stove at 91 degrees. Men’s restroom door does not have a self-closer. There is not a covered trash container in women’s restroom for sanitary items. Several floor tiles missing (by make-line cooler, fryer) or damaged (at back door threshold).
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Longstreet Cafe
1043 Riverside Terrace, Gainesville
Score: 70, Grade: C
Food handler using hand sanitizer instead of washing hands between glove changes. Drinks in proper disposable cups with lids and straws being kept on pre-table with food. Large floor fan sitting in front of hand sink that should be accessible by cooks and prep personnel in cook area of kitchen — hand sinks must be accessible at all times for employee use. Ice machine with mold growth on edge of baffle and some inside top of ice machine. Tea nozzles with mold buildup. Walk-in cooler cannot maintain and/or cool foods to required 41 degrees or below. No chlorine test strips available to monitor sanitizer strength (chlorine) used in cloth storage containers. Chemical sanitizing dish machine not reaching required wash temperature of 120 degrees. Shelving peeling and needs cleaning in walk-in cooler — food debris hanging off shelves. Floor fans throughout kitchen with dust, food debris. Floors need better cleaning at floor/wall juncture throughout. Floors need repair around drains and along floor/wall juncture where grout had been damaged. Fan mounted on wall in dish room is caked with dust that can blow into clean kitchenware stored below. Ceiling needs cleaning above prep, chicken breading area. Many personal items stored in food handling areas.
Inspector: Wentworth

Nov. 9
E.E. Butler Headstart/Pre-K
1300 Old Athens Highway, Gainesville
Score: 92, Grade: A
Tongs, plates, strainer with food residue. Cloth storage bucket with not enough sanitizer. Mixer arm and food processor stored on shelf with linens, pillows and some with stains. Single-service items stored in mixer bowl.
Inspector: Black

La Reyna
425 Atlanta Highway, Suite 8, Gainesville
Score: 88, Grade: B
Spatulas, can opener, meat press stored with food residue. Cloths not all in sanitizer and solution with food debris in buckets. Walls with food debris need cleaning — few walls with damaged sheetrock and small holes need repaired.
Inspector: Black

Nov. 12
Loretta’s County Kitchen
4305 Mundy Mill Road,
Score: 95, Grade: A
Most recent inspection not posted. Gaskets on make lines and reach-in cooler damaged. Floor tiles missing in walk-in cooler and freezer, behind cook line. Clean floors to floor/wall juncture.
Inspector: McDuffie

Cool Beans Coffee Cafe
3650 Mundy Mill Road, Gainesville
Score: 88, Grade: B
Pot, slicer, and ice scoop had food residue, debris. Containers of chemicals not labeled. Ceiling tiles missing in back part of kitchen, exposing plumbing. Flies in restaurant appear to be entering from loose door screen in back kitchen.
Inspector: Shelby Finch

Taco Bell
3615 Mundy Mill Road,
Score: 99, Grade: A
Dumpster doors open. PVC elbow on water heater pipe cracked, causing water to leak and accumulate on the floor.
Inspector: Finch

Papa Jack’s Country Kitchen
7437 B Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 97, Grade: A
Gaskets on reach-in, make line and walk-in coolers need replacing. Dumpster open. Grease container leaking onto ground in dumpster enclosure.
Inspector: McDuffie

3470 Mundy Mill Road,
Score: 93, Grade: A
Uncovered food in reach-in freezer beneath condensate dripping during defrost. Pans and some utensils greasy with food debris. Dumpster doors open.
Inspector: Finch
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