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Kitchen inspections: March 26-30
Kitchen Inspections
The following are among the food service establishments inspected from March 26-30 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
To register a complaint against a food service establishment, contact the Hall County Environmental Health Department at 770-531-3973.

March 26
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

4005 Winder Highway, Flowery Branch
Score: 95, Grade: A
An employee was observed engaging in food preparation without the use of an approved hair restraint. Two stacks of to-go pans stored face up on top of warmer cabinet. Vent hood above fryers coated with grease and dust buildup. Walls above drive-thru window, next to single use article storage, were visibly soiled with debris.
Inspector: Evan Biles

Flowery Branch High School
6603 Spout Springs Road, Flowery branch
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Evan Biles

South Hall Middle School
4335 Atlanta Highway, Flowery Branch
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu

March 27
Hibachi Express

1872 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 80, Grade: B
Observed buildup of slime in the interior of ice machine. Egg rolls beside fryer were found at temperatures of 70-73 F, above required 41 F. Numerous damp wiping cloths left out on prep top cooler and on side of grill. Inspection report not displayed in drive-thru window. Grease hood soiled with excess accumulation of greases and oils.
Inspector: Evan Biles

March 28
Arby’s No. 1030

634 Shallowford Road, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
Observed half full bottle of water in the food prep area of the facility.
Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu

Outback Steakhouse No. 1123
655 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville
Score: 97, Grade: A
Employee preparing foods on cook line wearing a phone watch. Employee preparing food on cook line wearing long-sleeve fleece jacket down to wrists while cutting chicken on cutting board and pulling foods from containers on cook line.
Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines

Riverbend Elementary
1742 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville
Score: 97, Grade: A
Wiping cloths observed stored on prep surfaces after use.
Inspector: Evan Biles

Taqueria Durango
1705 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville
Score: 39, Grade: U
Certified Food Safety Manager unable to ensure compliance with the requirements of this chapter in the following foodborne illness risk and intervention factors. Multiple employees observed entering kitchen and beginning cleaning duties before properly washing hands. Establishment does not have procedures for the cleanup of contamination events. Raw chicken stored in same shelf as raw steak and raw pork in three-door cooler. Raw steak also stored above ready-to-eat produce. All foods prepared or removed from commercial packaging, including precooked chicken, hot dogs, salsas, rice, cerviche and other foods held in establishment for over 24 hours were not dated with a disposition date. Orange-yellow 270 food coloring held on site not approved by FDA for use. Raw octopus observed thawing in vegetable sink. After instructed CFSM to remove and sanitize sink, employee then engaged in dish washing at vegetable sink. Scoops found in bulk storage containers with handle buried in the product. Ceiling tile damaged above area used for food storage.
Inspector: Evan Biles

March 29
East Hall High School

3534 East Hall Road, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu

Tadmore Elementary School
3278 Gillsville Highway, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector:  Lydia Hoffhines

Taqueria El Antojito
3602 Southland Drive, Flowery Branch
Score: 91, Grade: A
Observed Pico sauce (which contained garlic) cold holding at the self serve buffet line above required 41 F.
Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu

March 30
Family Cafe

601 South Enota Drive NE, Gainesville
Score: 85, Grade: B
Observed accumulated food debris on the internal surfaces of the microwave oven unit in the kitchen which is used to warm up food items for both employees and customers. Chlorine sanitizer solution in sanitizer bucket in the kitchen with a concentration exceeding the maximum allowed. Metal pans with cookies and fried noodles covered with plastic wrap at self-serve buffet for consumer service. Observed scoops with no handles stored inside food items touching the food, in the kitchen.
Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu

La Hacienda-Extended
1714 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville
Score: 83, Grade: B
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. Merchandiser unit missing ambient thermometer. Grease hood heavily built up with oils and grease.
Inspector: Evan Biles

Papa Jack’s Country Kitchen Inc.
2200 Friendship Road, Buford
Score: 75, Grade: C
Menu board does not have reminder (asterisks) for any of the foods that can be offered undercooked. Creamed corn found in walk in with prep date of March 20. Stewed tomatoes found in walk in with prep date of March 21. Facility observed wrapping large quantities of cooked potatoes tightly with plastic wrap before cooling. Most recent inspection report not displayed for public view either in front entrance or drive-thru window.
Inspector: Evan Biles

Kaylee Martin

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