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Kitchen inspections, Dec. 3
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.


Nov. 27

Chick-Fil-A at Robson Crossing

3405 Atlanta Highway, Flowery Branch

Score: 96, Grade: A

All three drink dispensers located in main kitchen had nozzles with heavy debris of mold accumulation inside and around rim.

Inspector: Alex Reid


J. Buffalo Wings

3418 Mundy Mill Road, Gainesville 

Score: 95, Grade: A

Rice placed in covered tubs within walk in not likely to achieve requirements for cooling. Inspection report not most recent.

Inspector: Evan Biles 


La Cazuela Mexican Restaurant

4965 Friendship Road, Buford

Score: 91, Grade: A

Chemical sanitizing dish machine not dispensing any sanitizer due to empty supply source. Pico de gallo housed in lidded pan within walk in cooler not cooling quick enough to meet the requirements. Tiles are missing in front of the grill, cook line.

Inspector: Evan Biles 


Martin Technology Academy of Math and Science

4216 Martin Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Alex Reid


Nov. 28

Burger and Shake II

5866 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 97, Grade: A

No test kit available for chlorine sanitizing solution. Dumpster is missing drain plug.

Inspector: Evan Biles 


Common Grounds Coffee Shoppe

5510 Main St., Flowery Branch

Score: 98, Grade: A

Accumulated food debris and residues along floor/wall juncture throughout kitchen, around indoor grease interceptor and under equipment (warewashing machine, coolers, prep tables and sinks.)

Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines


Curt’s Restaurant

3440 Branch Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 97, Grade: A

Dishes on racks in main kitchen and available for consumer self service at front of the buffet not covered or inverted to protect from contamination. Chemical sanitizing dish machine unable to reach the minimum requirement of 120 F after four cycles

Inspector: Evan Biles 


El Sombrero No. 3

1792 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville 

Score: 87, Grade: B

Drink in disposable cup without secure lid and straw on prep table next to container of shrimp being prepped and drink in disposable cup with lid and straw on prep table next to container of chili rellenos being prepped. Containers set up for the storage of cloths between uses without any measurable sanitizer in the containers. Sink used to wash vegetables, fruit filled with soaking hood vents at start of inspection. 

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth 


Sonny’s Real Pit BBQ

3445 Mundy Mill Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 85, Grade: B

No time sticker or temp log showing what time temperature control safety foods were placed on the salad bar. Observed stack of wiping clothes stored outside of sanitizing solution. Low temp sanitizing dish machine tempted at 97 F. Minimum temperature for low temp. sanitizing dish machine is 120 F.

Inspector: Alex Reid 


White Sulphur Elementary

2480 Old Cornelia Highway, Gainesville 

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Alex Reid 


Nov. 29

Arby’s No. 5421

3652 Mundy Mill Road, Gainesville 

Score: 95, Grade: A

Tea dispensing nozzles had a little mold and debris. Both reach-in cooler had standing condensate underneath pans of food.

Inspector: Alex Reid 


Kiku Japanese Steakhouse

821 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville 

Score: 92, Grade: A

Knives stored in belt sheaths on hibachi carts and inside knife holders in kitchen have food debris and residue along blades and around handles. Accumulated slime debris inside nozzle of soda gun at front bar and along baffles and interior surfaces of ice machines. Dine-in hibachi menus missing consumer advisory asterisks for items served raw or undercooked to customers.

Inspector:  Lydia Hoffhines 


Sardis Enrichment School 

2805 Sardis Road, Gainesville 

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Alex Reid 


Nov. 30

Papa’s Pizza To Go

6483 Cleveland Highway, Clermont

Score: 83, Grade: B

Person in charge not performing duties to ensure that the establishment is maintained in a clean condition and in good repair; proper date marking and disposition; utensils are effectively rid of food debris and residues before sanitizing and that correct procedures are practiced between utensil use and storage; broken or damaged equipment and utensils are being discarded and replaced as needed. PIC unable to furnish proof of Certified Food Safety Manager certification on behalf of establishment. Observed PIC take dirty ladle and run under running water, wipe with a paper towel, then place ladle with other clean utensils on prep line (with portion of food debris still on ladle). Accumulated slime debris and residues along baffle and interior components and surfaces of ice machine. Prep dates for BBQ wings in make-line cooler Nov. 16 and cajun wings Nov. 17. 

Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines 


Pueblos Mexican Cuisine  

1310 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville 

Score: 86, Grade: B

Various containers of food in reach in, prep top, and walk-in coolers not protected from overhead contamination. Many pans, containers of ready to eat food in reach-in, prep-top and walk-in coolers not labeled with date of preparation. Live roach observed along oven. 

Inspector: Evan Biles 


Taco Bell No. 4317

1409 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville 

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Alex Reid 


Taqueria El Mercadito

275 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville 

Score: 92, Grade: A

Two 5-gallon containers of salsa prepared Nov. 23 still full, in use, and intended for future use on eighth day from preparation. Various spray bottles kept beneath vegetable sink not labeled to identify their contents.

Inspector: Evan Biles 


Taqueria Y Pupuseria La Union

272 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville 

Score: 80, Grade: B

At beginning of inspection, hand washing sink blocked by tray resting on top of fixture. Wiping cloth bucket on site in dining room for cleaning tables not registering any sanitizer. Ice machine, ice chest and sugar container all contain handles that are contacting either ice or food. Garbage collecting beside of dumpster and piling up along the curb due to lack of removal. Mops seen lying on ground and along outside rim of mop sink.

Inspector: Evan Biles 


Dec. 1

Bright Spot

743 Spring St., Gainesville 

Score: 96, Grade: A

Clean dishes on rack in dish pit subject to splash from hand sink. Display case cooler behind counter not properly adjusted for temperature settings.

Inspector: Evan Biles  


Gainesville Exploration Academy 

1145 McEver Road, Gainesville 

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Alex Reid 


Las Palomas

3050 Athens Highway, Gainesville 

Score: 90, Grade: A

Employee seen with a drink without a lid. Sheet pans of meat stored in reach-in freezer stacked unwrapped so food is contacting underside of pan above it. Single-use take-out containers unwrapped and face up stored above sandwich unit not inverted to protect from potential contamination.

Inspector: Evan Biles


Road Atlanta-The Paddock Grille 

5300 Winder Highway, Braselton

Score: 96, Grade: A

Container of low temperature sanitizer dispensing into the ware washing machine labeled with “Sodium Hypochlorite” as active ingredient; however, 0ppm sanitizer registers on chlorine test strips for ware washing machine but 200 ppm sanitizer registers on quat test strips which uses a different active ingredient.

Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines


Subway No. 14228

1220 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville 

Score: 99, Grade: A

Observed dumpster with missing lid. Observed dumpster area with heavy accumulation of leaves, plastic, etc.

Inspector: Alex Reid


Subway No. 5545

3208 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville 

Score: 91, Grade: A

CFSM certification was not posted. Observed drink-dispensing nozzles with heavy accumulation of mold and debris. Dumpster area with heavy accumulation of trash, full trash bags and debris.

Inspector: Alex Reid

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