Restaurant Report Card: 2 ‘Fs’ in Wheat Ridge; A+ for Sienna Wine Bar

Bubba Chinos

Bubba Chinos at 3895 Wadsworth Boulevard is best known for its burritos, but we hope they don’t come with a side of beans and mice.  The Wheat Ridge restaurant earned an “F” for 17 critical violations in its last two health department inspections.

Health experts said they found “rodent droppings” during inspections in May and January.  Also, inspectors said a “dead mouse” was sandwiched between two walls.

Other violations include “a build-up of slime” on the soda fountain, the “hand sink in the men’s’ bathroom observed to be removed” and employees were unaware of basic food safety.

FOX31 Denver investigative reporter, Heidi Hemmat, asked the owner, “Do you have a mouse problem in there?”  The owner said, “We have, yes we have.  As far as I’m concerned we are doing what we are supposed to be doing and we don’t want to push out no terrible food or have a terrible restaurant.”

The owner, who did not want us to use his name, said he moved the restaurant’s dumpsters and put in new coolers to get rid of the rodents.

Amici’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant

Our second “F” this week goes to another Wheat Ridge restaurant.

Amici’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant at 4300 Wadsworth earned an “F” for 12 critical mistakes from inspections completed in July and January.

The most serious violation health inspectors found was holding potentially hazardous food at too warm of temperature.

The walk-in cooler measured 60 degrees while health requirements say food should not be warmer than 41 degrees. Food items, such as sausage measured 64 degrees.  And, inspectors said there were no thermometers in the refrigerators as required.

Other violations include the soda machine nozzles were unclean, tubs holding clean utensils were dirty and there were flies at the bar and in bottles of alcohol.  In a statement, the owner of the restaurant said, “The violations issued were corrected and stand corrected.”

Sienna Wine Bar

And, a grade “A” award goes to a place where everything comes up Rose’.  Sienna Wine Bar at 3422 12th Ave. in Denver is our A-plus restaurant for the week.   Inspectors found no violations during its last two inspections.

Owner, Mary Kent said, “I think being pregnant and having a baby right when I was opening made me a lot more knowledgeable about germs and what’s out there.” The recognition is nothing to wine about.  “I’m just delighted.” Kent said.

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