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Kitchen Inspections Oct. 9-12
Kitchen Inspections

The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Oct. 9-12 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.

OCT. 9

Kiku Japanese Steak House

821 Dawsonville Highway Suite 260, Gainesville

Score: 67, Grade: U

Employee precleaning dirty utensils then touching cleaned/sanitized utensils and washing hands without soap. No paper towels or soap at employee hand washing sink. Person in charge wash their hands at hand sink by running their hands under running water and then dry hands without using soap. Employee used pre-rinse sprayer at warewashing machine to clean debris off of hands. Two-door glass front reach-in merchandiser cooler at cook line holding internal temperatures of time-temperature control foods between 44-51 F. Bulk plastic tubs of teriyaki sauce, ginger dressing, seafood sauce, ranch dressing and chopped lettuce made on previous dates had no date labels. Employee medicines, ointments and personal use care items stored in various areas of kitchen amongst food, clean utensils and single service-single use items. Escolar called “white tuna” and tilapia called “white fish” on sushi menu. Foods must be listed on menu in a manner that does not mislead or misinform the consumer. 

Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines

Oct. 10

Starbucks Coffee Company No. 8761 

821 Dawsonville Highway, Suite 210, Gainesville

Score: 87, Grade: B

Employee drinking from open cup in customer service area.

Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu

Oct. 11

Chicken Salad Chick No. 75

1122 Dawsonville Highway Suite 500, Gainesville

Score: 91, Grade: A

Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu 

Piedmont Cafe at Wrigley’s

4500 Atlanta Highway, Flowery Branch

Score: 85, Grade: B

Mold accumulation in the interior of the ice machine.

Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu

Oct. 12

Taqueria El Antojito

3602 Southland Drive, Flowery Branch

Score: 92, Grade: A

Inspector: Adetayo Adewolu 

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