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Kitchen inspections: March 20-23
Kitchen Inspections

The following are among the food service establishments inspected from March 16-23 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.


March 16

World Language Academy at Chestnut Mountain

4670 Winder Highway, Flowery Branch

Score: 97, Grade: A

Observed kids in lunch line grabbing lip contact parts of plastic forks and spoons from a bulk supply tub in which they were stored. 

Inspector: Evan Biles


March 20

Chestatee Academy of Inquiry and Talent Development 

2740 Fran mar Drive, Gainesville 

Score: 97, Grade: A

Freezer has buildup of ice. Dumpster doors and lids open on both receptacles. 

Inspector: Alex Reid 


Gainesville High School

850 Century Place, Gainesville 

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu 

Jo Jo’s Gourmet Lemonade at Lakeshore Mall

150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville 

Score: 96, Grade: A

Establishment did not have adequate procedure in place in case of a vomiting or diarrheal event.

Inspector: Alex Reid 


Wendy’s No. 15

3646 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville 

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu


March 21

Catalina’s Restaurant

130 John W. Morrow Jr. Parkway, Gainesville 

Score: 91, Grade: A

Observed raw chicken (final cooking temperature 165 F) within a bowl stored next to raw beef (final cooking temperature 145 F) stored within a container. On the next rack, open box of raw chicken stored next to open box of raw beef.

Inspector: Alex Reid


Chick-Fil-A @ Guilford

1240 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville 

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Alex Reid


China Wok

1015 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville 

Score: 85, Grade: B

Cut cantaloupes cold holding on the buffet line above required temperature. Baked potatoes on the buffet line below required temperature. Chlorine sanitizer solution in a sanitizer bucket with wiping clothes exceeding the maximum concentration allowed.

Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu 


Stevi B’s

1500 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville 

Score: 90, Grade: A

Quat spray bottle used for cleaning tables not testing any concentration. Tea urn nozzles all contained heavy buildup of mildew inside of food contact portion. Self-service ice dispenser observed to contain mold along back edge of chute. Wiping cloths scattered on surface above trash bin in dining area. 

Inspector: Evan Biles


Taco Bell No. 27506

1452 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville 

Score: 96, Grade: A

Water temperature in men’s restroom reached a maximum temperature of 66 F. Food establishment does not have the appropriate sanitizing product to be used in case of a vomiting or diarrheal event.

Inspector: Evan Biles


Taco Bell No. 4317

1409 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville 

Score: 99, Grade: A

Active washing mechanism at three-compartment sink recorded at 100 F.

Inspector: Evan Biles


West Hall High School

5500 McEver Road, Oakwood 

Score: 97, Grade: A

Observed live roach in the cabinet under the gas fired cooker in the kitchen.

Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu 


March 22

La Mejor De Michoacan No. 1

1870 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville 

Score: 99, Grade: A

Observed in use utensil in nonpotentially hazardous food not stored with handle above top of food.

Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu 


March 23

Fair Street Elementary School

695 Fair St. SE, Gainesville 

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Alex Reid 


Sugar Hill Elementary School

3259 Athens Highway, Gainesville 

Score: 98, Grade: A

Bottoms of pans kept on clean utensil racks left with sticker residue, where price tag once existed. Recycling dumpster’s drain plug is broken.

Inspector: Evan Biles 

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