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Nov. 13-17 Kitchen inspections
Kitchen Inspections

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.


Chick-fil-A Cafe at Milton Martin Toyota

3150 Milton Martin Toyota way, Oakwood

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Evan Biles 


Dairy Queen/Green Street

951 Green St., Gainesville 

Score: 88, Grade: B

Ice machine found to show signs of mold and mildew buildup. Baffle is speckled with areas of mold. Also roof of ice chute, where ice is piling up to and contacting is showing similar areas. Walk in freezer found with icicles hanging from ceiling and on top of food packages, including frostings, boxes of pancakes and exposed biscuits.  Inspection report displayed in both dining area and drive through not from the most recent inspection. Dumpster not fully covered on one side due to the lid being broken in half. Numerous dead flies caught in traps to the point where they are about to overflow onto surrounding surfaces and equipment.

Inspector: Evan Biles 


Pueblos Mexican Cuisine

3630 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville 

Score: 87, Grade: B

No verifiable way to ensure that employees have been trained in their responsibility to report to the person in charge information about their health as it relates to diseases that are most transmissible through food. Chemical sanitizing dish machine operating without dispensing any sanitizer. Cheese grater blade still found to have residual food debris in areas around the bolts. Ice scoop handle contacting ice within ice machine. Fly traps located overhead prep top cooler and clean dish rack areas, potentially exposing food and clean equipment or utensils to contamination.

Inspector: Evan Biles 


Taqueria El Antojito

3602 Southland Drive, Flowery Branch

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth


Nov. 14

Oxton Place of Gainesville 

2030 Windward Lane, Gainesville 

Score: 96, Grade: A

Rack beside warewashing sink all contained spray bottles labeled with Food Service Sanitizer, yet all contained different color chemicals. Person in charge unsure of what chemicals actually are inside.

Inspector: Evan Biles


Taqueria Lupita

1784 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville 

Score: 88, Grade: B

Person in charge had no proof of a verifiable means by which employees are informed of their responsibility to report to the person-in-charge symptoms of illnesses that may be transmissible through food, not able to describe common symptoms of disease the are transmissible through food. Kitchenware and utensils being dipped in sanitizer compartment of three-compartment sink without sanitizer and then being stacked on drainboard to air dry. None of the spray bottles filled from original chemical containers were labeled with their contents.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth 


Nov. 15

J. Buffalo Wings

3418 Mundy Mill Road, Gainesville 

Score: 67, Grade: U

Person in charge unable to properly demonstrate knowledge in multiple priority items or by providing correct answers to food safety questions. Employee engaged in dishwashing observed cleaning plate and setting away for storage without use of a sanitizing step. Dining tables are being cleaned with multisurface glass cleaner between customers and non-EPA-approved quat-based sanitizer. Inspection report posted was not from most recent inspection. Handwashing sink in prep area not working. Because of this, employees are washing hands in prep and warewashing sinks. Walls behind freezer chests and prep top cooler splattered with old food debris. 

Inspector: Evan Biles


Nov. 16

Cafe Cancun Bar and Grill, Inc

5200 Thompson Bridge Road, Murrayville 

Score: 99, Grade: A

Many of the fluorescent bulbs in light fixtures above food contact surfaces and food preparation areas in back prep/dishwashing area are without shielding or missing the end caps to seal the bulbs in the plastic tubes.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth


East Hall High School

3534 East Hall Road, Gainesville 

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Alex Reid 


Great American Grill

1735 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville 

Score: 92, Grade: A

Dirty utensils found stored in hand sink nearest to walk in cooler. No irreversible registering thermometer or indicators available for measuring utensil surface temperature of hot water mechanical warewashing machine.

Inspector: Evan Biles


Lanier Elementary School

4782 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville 

Score: 96, Grade: A

Ranch dressing dated to be used or consumed over seven-day discard date, marinara sauce past seven-day discard date.

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth


Orient Express

302 Shallowford Road, Gainesville 

Score: 87, Grade: B

Lomein and egg rolls prepared yesterday evening before close with temperatures of 48 F-46 F in three-door reach-in cooler. All time/temperature control for safety food must be cooled from 135 to 70 F within two hours and to 41 F within six hours total. Screen door in back room rigged to hang from a cable and slide in order to open. However, sides of door are not flush with the wall leaving many large gaps which could allow entry of insects and rodents.

Inspector: Evan Biles


Pueblos Mexican Cuisine

3630 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville 

Score: 90, Grade: A

Eleven pans of queso stored on top shelf of walk in cooler uncovered. Salsa and beans placed in large buckets with lid intact to cool in the walk in cooler. More than 1 employees seen wearing bracelets while in the process of cooking or portioning food out.

Inspector: Evan Biles


Quillians Grill

4930 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville 

Score: 96, Grade: A

Employee medicines stored beside single service items on shelf above prep area and among spices and foods on shelves across from fryer.

Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines 


Nov. 17

Kenzo Japanese Restaurant

4977 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford

Score: 95, Grade: A

Ice machine found to have spots of mold, mildew on baffle and on interior compartment. Soda nozzle spouts also found with clumpy brown goo. To-go boxes kept in dry storage room removed from packaging and left face up allowing them to collect dust and other debris.

Inspector: Evan Biles


Wendy’s No. 19

587 S. Enota Drive, Gainesville 

Score: 96, Grade: A

Both drink dispensing machines had caked accumulation of residue on dispensing portions of machines located within lobby.

Inspector: Alex Reid 


World Language Academy at Chestnut Mountain

4670 Winder Highway, Flowery Branch

Score: 86, Grade: B

No verifiable way to confirm that employees have been trained in their responsibility to report to the person in charge information about their health as it relates to diseases that are most transmissible through food. Meat grip part of slicer cracked and pitted, allowing for food residue and debris to get caught inside. Thermometers for hot water sanitizing dish machine all have dead batteries and no replacements available.

Inspector: Evan Biles 

Kaylee Martin

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