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Kitchen Inspections
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from March 21-27 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.


March 21

Arby’s No. 1030

634 Shallowford Road, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth



995 Riverside Drive NE, Gainesville

Score: 95, Grade: A

Flooring beginning to peel and buckle, allowing for food, water and grease to accumulate underneath. Floor needs to be resurfaced.

Inspector: Wentworth

March 24

Green Tea Restaurant

7380 Spout Springs Road,
Flowery Branch

Score: 97, Grade: A

Floor needs better cleaning around hot water heater, under back serving area table/storage and under ice machine. Wall behind water heater splattered with food. Only one stall in women’s restroom had covered trash container

Inspector: Wentworth

Dodobob Japanese

1310 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A

Floors need cleaning underneath grill area and in walk-in freezer and dry storage area.

Inspector: Donna Black

March 25

Rhythm and Brews

118 Bradford St., Gainesville

Score: 98, Grade: A

All countertops need a good cleaning. Floors need a good cleaning.

Inspector: Wentworth

Starbuck’s Coffee Co.

821 Dawsonville Highway,

Score: 95, Grade: A

Sanitizer containers set up in service area with visible soil in buckets and sanitizer level barely detectable (less than 100 ppm). Floors need a good cleaning under equipment throughout establishment. Hot water sanitizing dish machine final rinse pressure not reaching required 15-25 PSI.

Inspector: Wentworth

Monterrey Mexican

5745 Old Winder Highway,

Score: 87, Grade: B

Cook returning to kitchen from being outside proceeded to cook without washing hands. Most current inspection not posted. Vents in hood system still missing.

Inspector: Black

Friendship Cafe

4360 Friendship Road, Buford

Score: 95, Grade: A

Paper towels missing in restroom. Pizza cutter being stored in container of standing water. Boxes of single serve items on floor in storage areas.

Inspector: Black

March 26

Waffle House No. 885

2507 Pentee Drive, Gainesville

Score: 92, Grade: A

Waffle makers in back kitchen with food residue. Basket over grill with spoons with food residue. Coffee mugs with food splatter. Hashbrowns sitting in three-compartment sink. To-go cups in prep sink. Cloths used to wipe food contact surfaces not being stored in sanitizer between uses. Floors need cleaning in walk-in cooler, freezer and dry storage. Floors are getting rusty in walk-in cooler.

Inspector: Black


658-B Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville

Score: 88, Grade: B

No paper towels at hand sink in cook area at start of inspection. Can opener blade and knives on magnet with dried food debris. Several chemical bottles hanging in mop sink area without labels. Paint cans stored under self-service soda station with boxes of straws and creamers stacked on top.

Inspector: Wentworth

Shane’s Rib Shack

890-F Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville

Score: 91, Grade: A

Serving utensils stored in containers under steam line with food contact surfaces of the utensils being part that is touched to lift up for use. Rewashing large foil containers for reuse in kitchen. Floor needs cleaning under ice machine. Walls need a good scrubbing behind equipment. Floor-wall junctures need scrubbing. Can opener blade with dried food debris and accumulation of food debris around gear. Thermometers stored in dirty sanitizer solution. Both gallons of milk outdated.

Inspector: Wentworth


2105 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 95, Grade: A

Several utensils on shelf in back of kitchen with food residue. Trash on ground in Dumpster area. Ceiling tiles need replacing over ice machine where damaged. Replace missing light in shield in back of kitchen and replace missing end caps on lights above self-service.

Inspector: Black

March 27


7000 Holiday Road, Buford

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Wentworth

Red Lobster No. 612

1707 Browns Bridge Road,

Score: 96, Grade: A

Open glass in drink holders provided in cook/prep/dish washing areas.

Inspector: Wentworth

The Happy Pickle

109 Bradford Street, Gainesville

Score: 93, Grade: A

Coleslaw in homestyle refrigerator past use-by date on container. Floors, walls and ceiling need to be finished (walls/ceiling) or replaced (floor) in back room that has been enclosed. Fluorescent light bulbs all need to be either shatterproof bulbs or the bulbs can be put into plastic sheaths with end caps. Chips stored in box on top of overturned empty boxes.

Inspector: Wentworth

Bianca Bruno