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Kitchen inspections, Feb. 18
Kitchen Inspections

The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Feb. 12-16 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 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.

Feb. 12

El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant
1830 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville 
Score: 97, Grade: A
Observed raw shrimp being thawed in prep sink designated only for the preparation of fruits and vegetables or the cooling and thawing of ready-to-eat foods.
Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines 

El Sombrero No. 6 
5900 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 62, Grade: U
Paper towels not present at hand sink across from walk in cooler at beginning of inspection. Tray of raw chicken breast filled to brim located directly beside raw steak in reach-in cooler. Burritos, steak and chicken uncovered in reach-in cooler next to prep top. Foods offered rare and undercooked lacking disclosure on both lunch and dinner menus. All time-temperature control safety foods cold holding in prep top cooler were at temperatures ranging from 52-60 F when they should be 41 F or below. Large containers of chips not 6 inches off of ground.
Inspector: Evan Biles 

Smoke House BBQ & Catering
3205 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville 
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Alex Reid 

Sushi Heeya 
7380 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 89, Grade: B
Lobster roll prepared yesterday and placed into sandwich unit recorded above required 41F. No written procedure on file for sushi rice which is kept out at room temperature. Observed ceramic mugs stored in bulk food containers.
Inspector: Evan Biles 

Feb. 14

Gardens of Gainesville 
3315 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville 
Score: 89, Grade: B
Multiple time-temperature control safety foods in walk-in cooler found above required 41 F. Plates at bistro buffet line not covered, inverted or protected by sneeze guard. Cardboard dumpster not fitted with a drain plug. 
Inspector: Evan Biles

Lanier Village Estates, Inc.
4000 Village View Drive, Gainesville 
Score: 99, Grade: A
Hot water sanitizing dish machine in Bistro recorded at 154 F. No irreversible temperature registering indicator in kitchen or satellite kitchens.
Inspector: Evan Biles

Little Caesars No. 3393-030
3885 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood 
Score: 91, Grade: A
Observed tubs of marinara sauce from the night before with temperatures ranging from 47 F to 55 F located in back corner of walk-in cooler.
Inspector: Alex Reid

Little Caesars No. 3393-031
229 EE Butler Parkway, Gainesville 
Score: 99, Grade: A
Observed dumpster missing drain plug, and lids on top of receptacle.
Inspector: Alex Reid 

Feb. 15

La Hacienda
1714 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville 
Score: 91, Grade: A
Employees do not have enough training on responsibility to report to the person in charge information about their health as it relates to illness most transmissible through food. No thermometer provided to measure temperature of foods. Facility missing test strips and unable to determine concentration of chlorine sanitizer used for three-compartment sink. Dish pit area lighting not shielded with cover or with shatter-resistant bulbs.
Inspector: Evan Biles

La Hacienda-Extended
1714 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville 
Score: 75, Grade: C
Employees do not have enough training on responsibility to report to the person in charge information about their health as it relates to illness most transmissible through food. Opened canned drink of employee found in merchandiser cooler among other foods. Paper towels kept under counter, not within reach of hand sink. In merchandiser cooler, raw chicken comingled with ready to eat foods and sauces on bottom shelf. No thermometer provided to measure temperature of foods. Chicken in tray not under any temperature control recorded at 102 F.
Inspector: Evan Biles

Little Caesars No. 3393-029
2888 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville 
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Alex Reid 

Little Caesars No. 3393-033
3630 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville 
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Alex Reid 

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