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Kitchen Inspections: June 25-28
Kitchen Inspections

The following are among the food service establishments inspected from June 25-29 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.


June 25

Burger King No. 1026 

403 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville 

Score: 95, Grade: A

Employee at food prep area serving French fries with long hair and no hair restraint. Back flow device on faucet of mop sink lose and leaking water.

Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu


Hall County Jail

1700 Barber Road, Gainesville 

Score: 95, Grade: A

Mold accumulation on ice scoop by ice machine. Sanitizer bucket with QAC sanitizer that was below ppm used for sanitization. Broken ventilation vents inside both men’s and women’s restrooms. 

Inspector: Alex Reid


The Georgia Mountain Food Bank Inc. 

1642 Calvary Industrial Drive, Gainesville 

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu


Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint 

658 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville 

Score: 90, Grade: A

Garlic aioli and ricotta cheese placed in a condiment bottle being cold held above required 41 F or lower. Container of garlic aioli with a scoop handle in contact with the food.

Inspector: Chelsea Lewis


June 26

El Griton Mexican Grill 

415 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville 

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Chelsea Lewis 


Gainesville Bowling Center

2317 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville 

Score: 96, Grade: A

Buttermilk in walk-in refrigeration unit with a sell-by expiration date of June 17.

Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu 


Jeannie’s Weenies

4725 Martin’s Crossing West Drive, Flowery Branch

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu


La Mejor De Michoacan No. 4

730 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville 

Score: 93, Grade: A

No soap or paper towels located at hand washing sink. Facility had no QAC sanitizer test strips to test sanitizing buckets being used to sanitize tables.

Inspector: Alex Reid


Papa’s Pizza to Go 

6483 Cleveland Highway, Clermont

Score: 71, Grade: C

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; correct WRS procedures are practiced every four hours for in-use utensils, broken or damaged equipment and utensils are being discarded and replaced as needed; and cleanliness of establishment, condition of back door and covering of foods is being practiced as part of an integrated pest control program. Certified Food Safety Manager certification expired Nov. 2, 2016. Lid left open on bulk sugar container stored on shelf. Date label tape and food debris, residues on clean utensils stored on wire shelves beside hand sink. Dried food debris on blades of clean knives stored on magnetic strip. Accumulated food debris along crevices of cutting board at make line coolers. Bags of turkey, ham and salami in make line cooler without date labels. Prep dates for prepared foods in walk-in cooler and make line coolers exceeding seven days from date of preparation. Cutting board at make line cooler has deep crack down center and harboring food debris. Shelving, racks, prep table legs and lower shelves, handles of equipment, interiors and exteriors of coolers, pizza oven, mixing equipment and floor and floor/wall junctures of walk-in cooler and freezer with heavy buildup of dust, grease, food debris and residues.

Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines


Starbucks Coffee Shop 

No. 27260

1429 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Alex Reid


Taqueria Silao

1710 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville 

Score: 84, Grade: B

Employee washed hands without using soap. Employee handled cut fruit and place in blender with their bare hands. Employee’s open canned beverages stored on preptops and prep cooler. No soap available at kitchen hand washing sink. Employee washing gloved hands at hand washing sink. 

Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines


June 27

Buffalo’s Cafe

3446 Winder Highway, 

Flowery Branch

Score: 93, Grade: A

Observed final rinse cycle sanitizer (chlorine) concentration of dish machine at 10 ppm. Quaternary ammonia sanitizer in sanitizer bucket at concentration below 150 ppm. Back flow device on faucet of mop sink leaking water. Gasket on door of reach in cooler at bar area damaged with heavy mold accumulation. 

Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu


Jersey Mike’s Subs 

No. 5063

1134 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville 

Score: 94, Grade: A

Various wiping cloths stored outside of buckets around food prep areas. Excessive ants and trash buildup, debris around dumpster area.

Inspector: Alex Reid 


Las Palomas 

3050 Athens Highway, Gainesville 

Score: 93, Grade: A

Shredded cabbage in the reach-in cooler that had been prepared the day prior without a date label. Risers to the grease trap and septic tanks without all necessary screws intact to secure the lid. Top to dumpster open. 

Inspector: Chelsea Lewis


Sherry’s Bait & Barbecue-Mobile 

2807 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville 

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu


The Guest Lodge 

520 Queen City Parkway, Gainesville 

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines


Waffle House No. 2120 

2555 Limestone Parkway NE, Gainesville 

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Chelsea Lewis


June 28

Barkin’ Brews

1612 Skelton Road, Gainesville 

Score: 96, Grade: A

Whipped cream with expiration sell by date of June 17, inside the reach in cooler.

Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu 


Cracker Barrel Old Country Store No. 641

4758 Friendship Road, Buford

Score: 82, Grade: B

Employee (server) touching cooked sweet potato in a plate with her bare hands cutting it with a knife. 

Cut lettuce cold holding inside the prep top cooler above required 41 F or below. 

Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu 


Johnny’s Pizza No. 105

7363 Spout Springs Road, 

Flowery Branch

Score: 95, Grade: A

Employee drink with no lid and straw located on a shelf. Dumpster side door open. 

Inspector: Alex Reid


Mac’s Pit Stop Grill Llc.

4251 Winder Highway, 

Flowery Branch

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Alex Reid 


McDonald’s No. 35656 

2010 Limestone Parkway NE, Gainesville 

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Chelsea Lewis


McDonald’s Restaurant 

No. 5672

3183 Frontage Road, Gainesville 

Score: 95, Grade: A

Observed small fragments of mold accumulation located inside of drink dispenser by the drive through window; 2 separate leaks located in lobby.

Inspector: Alex Reid 


Poor Richards

1702 Park Hill Drive, Gainesville

Score: 89, Grade: B

Person in charge unaware of required temperatures for reheating, hot-holding, cold-holding and time-temperature parameters for cooling foods. No temperature record keeping is being practiced to monitor temperatures of hot- and cold-holding equipment or ensure that cooling and reheating practices meet requirements. PIC unable to demonstrate food safety training and education being provided to food prep staff according to their assigned duties. Consumer advisory on menu has disclosures for all cooked foods regardless of whether or not the menu item contains animal food that is offered undercooked. Reduced oxygen packaged fish bearing labels that instruct food handler to remove fish from its package prior to thawing stored at 34 F in lowboy refrigerator. No food probe thermometers available to take internal food temperatures.

Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines 

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