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Kitchen Inspections Jan. 14-18
Kitchen Inspections

The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Jan. 14 -18 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.


Jan. 14

Atlas Pizza

104 Washington St NW Gainesville, Ga. 30501

Score: 99, Grade: A

Inspector: Chelsea Lewis


Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

1195 Dawsonville Hwy Gainesville, Ga. 30501

Score: 95, Grade: A

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Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu


International House of Pancakes  No. 4409

430 Jesse Jewel Pkwy SW Gainesville, Ga. 30501

Score: 96, Grade: A

Inspector: Chelsea Lewis


La Esquina Latina Restaurant

1870 Atlanta Hwy Ste A 

Gainesville, Ga. 30504

Score: 70, Grade: C

PIC failed in his responsibilities to monitor Date Marking, Clean up procedures for vomit and fecal incidents, and Monitoring of TCS foods for Adulteration. Facility does not have a clean up procedure for a fecal / vomit clean up procedure.

Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu


McDonald’s  No. 35656 

2010 Limestone Pkwy NE Gainesville, Ga. 30501

Score: 97, Grade: A

Inspector: Kyle Hriczo


Pizza Valley

2988 Gillsville Hwy Ste 108 Gainesville, Ga. 30507

Score: 87, Grade: B

Observed work tables, floors, and walls with accumulated food debris.

Inspector: Kyle Hriczo


Taqueria El Mercadito

275 Pearl Nix Pkwy 2 

Gainesville, Ga. 30501

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Kyle Hriczo


Uno Mas Taqueria

203 EE Butler Pkwy 

Gainesville, Ga. 30501

Score: 74, Grade: C

Observed employee go from washing dishes and handling soiled equipment at the 3-compartment sink to handling cooked food and preparing plates to be served to customers. Observed no written vomit procedure or spill kit used to clean up vomit or diarrheal events.

Inspector: Alex Reid


Jan. 15

Barkin’ Brews 

1612 Skelton Road 

Gainesville, Ga. 30504

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Kyle Hriczo


Krystal – ATLF02 

1002 Jesse Jewell Pkwy 

Gainesville, Ga. 30501

Score: 89, Grade: B

This establishment does not have a current Certified Food Safety Manager. Observed black residue in ice machine above baffle.

Inspector: Kyle Hriczo


Mei Garden 

3885 Mundy Mill Road Ste 104 Oakwood, Ga. 30566

Score: 91, Grade: A

Inspector: Alex Reid


Papa’s Pizza To Go 

2703 Dawsonville Hwy 

Gainesville, Ga. 30506

Score: 92, Grade: A

Inspector: Kyle Hriczo


Sherry’s Bait & Barbecue – Mobile

2807 Dawsonville Hwy Gainesville, Ga. 30506

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Alex Reid


The Inked Pig 

893 Main St Gainesville, Ga. 30501

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu


JAN. 16

Ashton Senior Living – Gainesville

1012 Enota Ave Gainesville, Ga. 30501

Score: 91, Grade: A

Inspector: Chelsea Lewis


Domino’s  No. 8892 

1122 Dawsonville Hwy Ste 300 Gainesville, Ga. 30501

Score: 97, Grade: A

Inspector: Kyle Hriczo


El Centinela Mexican 

Restaurant No. 4, Inc.

7380 Spout Springs Road Ste 170 Flowery Branch, Ga. 30542

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Alex Reid


Jimmy’s Real Pit BBQ – Base of Operation

4863 Countryside Dr 

Flowery Branch, Ga. 30542

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu


Pueblos Mexican Cuisine

3630 Thompson Bridge Road Ste 1 Gainesville, Ga. 30506

Score: 95, Grade: A

Inspector: Kyle Hriczo


Shane’s Rib Shack

5877 Spout Springs Road Ste D500 Flowery Branch, Ga. 30542

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Alex Reid


The Colored Egg

610 Grove St Lot 3-7 

Gainesville, Ga. 30501

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector:  Kyle Hriczo


Jan. 17

Chick-Fil-A @ Stonebridge 

5905 Spout Springs Road 

Flowery Branch, Ga. 30542

Score: 87, Grade: B

Observed 2 open water bottle in main kitchen in prep area. Employee beverages should be in a single service lid with a cup and straw and kept in designated areas.

Inspector: Kyle Hriczo


China Garden 

5900 Spout Springs Road Ste L12 Flowery Branch, Ga, 30542

Score: 89, Grade: B

Observed Garlic in oil in a metal container in front of the wok at the cook line area.

Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu


New Horizons Limestone 

2020 Beverly Road NE Gainesville, Ga, 30501

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Alex Reid


Picos Hot Dogs – Mobile Unit

4172 Tralee Ct Gainesville, Ga, 30507

Score: 94, Grade: A

Inspector: Chelsea Lewis


Socal Dog’s Cart

662 Wilshire Pl Gainesville, Ga. 30501

Score: 94, Grade: A

Inspector: Chelsea Lewis


Sonic Braselton

7425 Spout Springs Road Flowery Branch, Ga. 30542

Score: 89, Grade: B

Observed grill area with heavy encrusted grease build up. Observed inside of bun toaster with food and grease build up. Observed inside of steamer with encrusted cheese slice.

Inspector: Kyle Hriczo


Wendy’s  No. 30

3825 Mundy Mill Road Oakwood, Ga. 30566

Score: 90, Grade: A

Inspector: Kyle Hriczo


Jan. 18

Burger-Shake Inc 

6443 Cleveland Hwy Clermont, Ga. 30527

Score: 93, Grade: A

Inspector: Kyle Hriczo


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Gainesville 

1189 Dawsonville Hwy NW Gainesville, Ga. 30501

Score: 91, Grade: A

Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu


Zaxby’s  No. 12-201 

1332 Browns Bridge Road Gainesville, Ga. 30501

Score: 96, Grade: A

Inspector: Kyle Hriczo


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