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Kitchen Inspections Sept. 13- Sept. 15
Kitchen Inspections

The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Sept. 13-15 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.

To register a complaint against a food service establishment, contact the Hall County Environmental Health Department at 770-531-3973.

SEPT. 13

Little Italy Pizza

990 Riverside Drive, Gainesville

Score: 76, Grade: C

No sanitizer registering on chlorine test strips at in-use ware washing machine. Person in charge ran multiple cycles, no sanitizer visually delivered through dispenser tube into machine. Food residue observed on food contact portion of stored power operated mixing wand and table-mounted can opener blade. Accumulated residue observed along interior surfaces of bulk sauce containers in walk-in cooler. Accumulated food debris observed on food contact surfaces of stored pans, baking sheets, and containers. Accumulated residue along interior food contact surface of ice chute at drink dispenser; foods stored with no date lables. Accumulated debris and buildup on handles at kitchen hand washing sink. Dumpster lids broken off and missing.

Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines


SEPT. 14

Court Yard Restaurant

400 EE Butler Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 95, Grade: A

Spray bottles found under shelf in main kitchen by oven and in bar area without label for common name. Lid missing from half of dumpster.

Inspector: Evan Biles


Hollywood 15

120 Green Hills Circle NW, Gainesville

Score: 95, Grade: A

Hot dogs opened from package and moved to different container incorrectly marked with Aug. 31 date label. Per Certified Food Safety Manager hot dogs were opened on Friday (Sept. 8).

Inspector: Evan Biles


La Mejor De Michoacan No. 1

1870 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville

Score: 93, Grade: A

Observed open water bottles on top of food storage in prep area; observed dry cloths being used to wipe surfaces and stored on counter.

Inspector: Victor Jones



3446 Winder Highway, Flowery Branch

Score: 82, Grade: B

Observed employee at cookline touching damp soiled cloth tied to apron. Upon discussion employee explained cloth is used to wipe hands clean between food preparation tasks and orders (possibly leading to cross contamination of food). Person in charge unable to furnish written agreement or statement from seafood supplier(s) stipulating that the fish supplied have met parasite destruction requirements.

Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines


SEPT. 15


7000 Lake Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford

Score: 81, Grade: B

Open Styrofoam cup of coffee on shelf below steam table in main kitchen beside prep top cooler. Menus that are given to customers did not have a consumer advisory for animal foods customers may order cooked to their liking — hamburgers and salmon. Two-door prep cooler was not able to hold time and temperature control for safety food items at required 41 F or below.

Inspector: Alex Reid


Great American Grill

1735 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 73, Grade: C

No documents on file verifying that employees have been trained in their responsibility to report to the person in charge information about their health and activities as they relate to diseases that are transmissible through food. Dirty wisk found stored in hand sink nearest to walk-in cooler. Tea urn nozzles with buildup of mold, mildew. Boiled eggs, yogurt, melons and milk being held at consumer self-service buffet without temperature control. Multiple gallons of skim milk found in reach in cooler, appearing to recently have been in use with expiration date of Sept. 11. Dishes kept at self-service buffet, beside prep top cooler, and on roller racks in main kitchen not covered or inverted to protect from contamination. Dishes found face up in roller rack with glass shards and other contaminants.

Inspector: Evan Biles


McDonald’s Restaurant No. 1634

707 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 78, Grade: C

Several employees water bottles found under food preparation counters. No sanitizer detected in chemical sanitizing dish machine, chemical supply was empty. Employee cellphone found on counter above prep table. Damp wiping cloths found sitting directly on counters or equipment in four separate locations.

Inspector: Evan Biles


Sidney’s Restaurant

7000 Lake Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford

Score: 89, Grade: B

Breakfast items (diced ham, shell eggs, diced tomatoes, bacon) double-panned over ice or in melted ice bath from start of breakfast (8-9 a.m.) with temperatures ranging from 52 F-64 F. Time and temperature control for safety foods being cold held must be held at 41 F or below. Pasta cooked night before and placed in large lexan container in reach-in cooler did not reach 41 F within six hours (at 49 F after cooling overnight).

Inspector: Victor Jones

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