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Kitchen inspections, Dec. 17
Kitchen Inspections

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 dph.georgia.gov/environmental-health-inspections.

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


Dec. 11

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar

1705 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville 

Score: 97, Grade: A

Plates stored above make line sitting face up and collecting dust, oils and residue. Floor drain under dish washing area backing up when dish machine empties water.

Inspector: Evan Biles 


Brandon’s Cafe and Catering

2052 Candler Road, Gainesville 

Score: 94, Grade: A

Observed cook use soiled cloth resting under prep table to clean blades and handles of knives for storage/reuse on cook line. Quat less than 50 ppm on test strips for sanitizer dispenser at three-compartment sink. Table surface used for dirty utensil staging area at three-compartment sink badly rusted and flakes when scratched. Ceiling tile above self-service coffee area is sagging and holding moisture, mildew.

Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines 


Marco’s Pizza No. 8099

4029 Winder Highway, Flowery Branch

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Alex Reid


Subway No. 18114

2235 Jesse Jewell Parkway NE, Gainesville 

Score: 93, Grade: A

Observed drink dispensing nozzles with accumulation of mold and debris. Previous inspection posted dated back to 2016. Observed dumpster area with heavy accumulation of trash, full trash bags and debris.

Inspector: Alex Reid


Subway No. 59634

4025 Winder Highway, Flowery Branch

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Alex Reid


Dec. 12

Golden Seven

4850 Golden Parkway, Buford

Score: 95, Grade: A

Prepared chicken for sweet and sour chicken, General Tso’s chicken and pork cooked, thawed Sunday not labeled with day of preparation and seven-day discard or use-by date. Handles and outer portion of make line cooler tacky, greasy with food residues.

Inspector: Evan Biles


Johnson High School

3305 Poplar Springs Road, Gainesville 

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Alex Reid 


Kentucky Fried Chicken No. 18

3711 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Evan Biles


Lanier Charter Career Academy Unit A Bistro

2719 Tumbling Creek Road, Gainesville 

Score: 94, Grade: A

Final rinse temperature of hot water sanitizing dish machine not reaching required surface temperature of 160 F on irreversible registering thermometer.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth


Lanier Charter Career Academy Unit B Bakery 

2719 Tumbling Creek Road, Gainesville 

Score: 95, Grade: A

Vegetable dicer with dried food debris in the blades; slicer with dried food debris on back of knife (blade); can opener blade with dried food debris; inside spout and rubber nipple inside spout of tea urn with heavy buildup of mold. Clean and sanitized utensils being stored in containers on shelf in heavily traveled part of kitchen where the containers have accumulated some buildup of food debris, dust.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth


Lyman Hall Elementary School

2150 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville 

Score: 99, Grade: A

Observed two dumpsters with three open compartment side doors.

Inspector: Alex Reid


Papa John’s No. 2973

4605 Elk Ridge Court, Flowery Branch

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Evan Biles


Dec. 13

Academies of Discovery 

3215 Poplar Springs Road, Gainesville 

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Alex Reid


Atlas Pizza

104 Washington St. NW, Gainesville 

Score: 90, Grade: A

Slime build up found on interiors of tea urn nozzles. Two containers of yogurt in two-door reach in cooler with use-by labels of Nov. 29 and Dec. 5. Prep top cooler behind oven found with standing water in bottom of unit.

Inspector: Evan Biles 


Gainesville RYDC

450 Crescent Drive, Gainesville 

Score: 98, Grade: A

Dust and grease residues along vents and interior, exterior stainless steel surfaces of exhaust hood system.

Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines 


Great American Cookies

150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville 

Score: 93, Grade: A

No verifiable way to confirm that the person in charge has trained employees in their responsibility to report to the person in charge information about their health as it relates to foodborne illness. Icing buckets in prep area stacked on ground.

Inspector: Evan Biles 


McDonald’s No. 35656

2010 Limestone Parkway NE, Gainesville 

Score: 95, Grade: A

Observed two different drink dispensers located with in lobby with nozzles that had built-up mold accumulation. Drain plug on cardboard dumpster damaged, hollowed out, allowing for possible insect or rodent entry into the dumpster. Dumpster area with built-up debris around garbage area.

Inspector: Alex Reid


Project Success Lanier Career Academy

2723 Tumbling Creek Road, Gainesville 

Score: 96, Grade: A

Sanitizer bucket filled at three-compartment sink from automatic dispenser, with cloth being used to sanitize prep table with no measurable sanitizer in the container.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth 


Rick’s Smokin Pig BBQ

1011 Riverside Drive, Gainesville 

Score: 89, Grade: B

Hot-held pulled pork 89-122 F and pulled chicken 116-123 F in Alto Sham. Hot-held meatball sauce 109-137 F in buffet steam table. Foods must maintain 135 F or more when hot-holding. 

Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines 


The Kitchen

984 Athens St. SE, Gainesville 

Score: 94, Grade: A

Tea urn nozzle found with debris buildup from more than one day. Certified Food Safety Manager applying sanitizer simultaneously during washing procedures. Grease buildup on sides of fryers, hood vents and countertop next to flat top. Dust accumulating on fan, ceiling and light above fryers.

Inspector: Evan Biles


University of North Georgia-Gainesville Dining Services 

3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood 

Score: 75, Grade: C

Dishwasher not washing hands between loading soiled kitchenware and utensils in the dishwasher and putting away clean and sanitized kitchenware, utensils from the dishwasher. Food handler washing hands in designated prep sink in burrito bar. Cold well for sandwich making not keeping time and temperature control for safety foods at required 41 F or below. No sneeze shield at part of serving line where sandwiches are assembled and bread kept for use at cutting board.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth 


Dec. 14

Domino’s Pizza No. 5752

2550 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville 

Score: 96, Grade: A

Observed dry wiping clothe on top of prep table. Dumpster with both side doors open.

Inspector: Alex Reid 


Mario’s Pizza and Wings

6168 Gaines Ferry Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 98, Grade: A

Establishment had no test strips available for test sanitizing solution. Dumpster with doors open on both sides.

Inspector: Alex Reid 


Mellow Mushroom

700 Green St., Gainesville 

Score: 85, Grade: B

Employees spotted with personal drinks from bottles, glasses and thermos. Chemical sanitizing dish machine unable to dispense any chemicals. Three gallons of milk contained within walk-in and in use labeled with use-by date of Dec. 13. Pizza sauce, pickles and dough (in trays) stored on floor of walk in cooler No. 2. No food handlers wearing beard restraints upon entering establishment. Recently washed Lexan containers wet-nested together on clean utensil rack.

Inspector: Evan Biles


Riverbend Elementary

1742 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A

Wall mounted fan used to dry the clean and sanitized kitchenware and utensils as they come out of dish machine has a build-up of dust on the blade guard.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth 


Skate Country

2276 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville 

Score: 91, Grade: A

Two hand sinks in main area only reaching a maximum of 56 F and 90 F, respectively. Right hand sink in main area used by customers and others as a dump sink. Ice machine found with mold and mildew behind baffle. Box of cups found on floor in storage area.

Inspector: Evan Biles 


Taqueria Lupita No. 1

1784 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville 

Score: 87, Grade: B

Lettuce and pico de gallo in small metal pans inside larger hotel pan on back bumper of truck for operator to serve from. Cooked beef, cheese dip, beans, lettuce, pico de gallo, limes, onions, cheese in bulk containers for truck operator to serve at mobile location. Plastic silverware in large open box on truck for customers to grab out what they need.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth


Weezie’s Kitchen

4147 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville 

Score: 87, Grade: B 

Tray of sausages cooked at 4 a.m. found in reach-in at 11 a.m. at a range of 63-69 F. Baked beans in reach-in cooler found with old date label that was incorrect. Cole slaw in lowboy found with date label of Dec. 7.

Inspector: Evan Biles


Willowwood Nursing Center

4595 Cantrell Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 66, Grade: U

Person in charge unable to monitor compliance of only authorized persons accessing ice machine and handling ice. Observed employees returning to kitchen from resident area don gloves to prepare foods without first washing hands. Plastic cup of employee drink stored beside foods on lower shelf of prep table. Case of pasteurized shell eggs 52-54 F and box of shredded cheese 51-56 F in walk-in cooler. Fan at warewashing sink has large gap between screen covering and bottom of wall frame. Observed evidence of reoccurring presence of rodent(s) in dry storage area.

Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines


Dec. 15

Firehouse Subs

3650 Mundy Mill Road, Gainesville 

Score: 82, Grade: B

Meatballs leftover from yesterday not on track to reheat to the required 165 F within two-hour window. Sliced turkey cooling overnight in reach in found with temperatures ranging from 46-50 F.

Inspector: Evan Biles 


Tasty Grill

1421 Athens St., Gainesville 

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Alex Reid 


University Yacht Club

6649 Yacht Club Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 83, Grade: B

Employees not yet trained in a verifiable manner on responsibility to report to the person in charge information about their health as it relates to disease most transmissible through food. Ice machine found to have buildup of mildew behind baffle; steak and ground beef in lowboy reach in found at temperatures of 49-50 F.

Inspector: Evan Biles


Wing Star

1296 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville 

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines 


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