Restaurant Report Card: Café earns ‘F’ for dead mouse

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DENVER -- A restaurant called 4G’s Café South earned one big “F” on our Restaurant Report Card.

The café’ located at 5950 South Platte Canyon Road in Littleton failed for 11 critical violations during inspections in December and March of last year.

In December, during a critical item check, a Tri-County Health inspector said “debris in the bar hand wash sink indicated that the sink was used for dumping” and “chemicals were stored next to glassware.”

In March, during the restaurant’s most recent unannounced inspection, health experts found “a dead mouse … next to the water heater” and “mouse droppings … on the floor.”

Also in March, inspectors found no soap at two sinks, the refrigerator was too warm and raw meat was stored above cheese.  The restaurant had several non-critical violations including “taquitos were stored inside the refrigerator directly on a shelf, not in a container” and areas in the kitchen were soiled with food debris and grease.

The owners of 4G’s Café South did not want to explain the violations on camera and instead sent a statement that reads like this:

“We are committed to providing the best dining experience possibly …We take the publics safety very seriously and are constantly working with the tri-county health department to adhere to all rules and regulations … In regards to the violation involving rodents, it was an isolated incident that has been corrected and is no longer an issues…”

Our second “F” of the week goes to La Dispensa Latina at 4650 Tower Road in Denver.  Their most recent announced inspections in December and June last year reveal 21 critical violations.

In December, a Denver Health inspector found “two cases of tomatoes … with visible mold and black spots … jalapenos with black spots and mold and green onions with black/brown stalks.”

Also during their latest unannounced inspection, health experts found “a splintered 2X4 piece of wood used as a stirring utensil in salsa” and meat blood on display handles and blood and dirt debris on the floors.

We called the restaurant for comment, but instead we heard a litany of profanity from a woman claiming to be the owner including, “I don’t care … (bleep) you.”

Our “A+” goes to Red Lobster on Wadsworth in Wheat Ridge for no violations in its last two inspections.

General Manager Audrey Olson credits her staff for the high marks. “We just keep it clean because we care and we have such high standards … We are such an old, home, community restaurant and we just love to be recognized for all of our hard work," Olson said.

How restaurants appear on our report card

Restaurant Report Card features health inspections in the city and county of Denver, Jefferson County and Tri-County restaurants. The Tri-County Health Department includes Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

An inspection is a “snapshot” of what is happening during the day and time of the inspection.  On any given day, a restaurant could have more or fewer violations than noted in an inspection.   Also, at the time of an inspection, violations are recorded and can be corrected prior to the inspector leaving the restaurant.  If violations are not corrected, a follow-up inspection is scheduled.

The criteria FOX31 Denver uses to give a restaurant a failing grade includes the evaluation of two un-announced inspections by county health inspectors. A failing restaurant must have five critical violations on their most recent regular inspection and five critical violations on the previous regular inspection.  Health inspectors may conduct critical or follow up inspections, due to the number of critical violations found during a regular inspection. Those inspections may also be considered for our reports.    We recognize restaurants with two perfect regular inspections in a row by awarding them an A.

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11 comments

  • Selena

    In regards to La Despensa Latina:
    You should really check your sources prior to posting your stories. In a butchery, where fresh meat is served, there is bound to be blood, which is being cleaned as it appears. As for the rotten tomatoes, the health report shows that they were in the area ready to be thrown out along with the other produce– no where near the kitchen/cooking area. The owner claims to have never spoken to you, so please revise your statements. Feel free to contact the store and get a follow up to the on-point inspections, and rethink your journalism approach.

  • Kevin Snyder

    Selena – The source is the health department inspection report which showed 21 (twenty-one) critical violations. Methinks you need to re-think who you choose to defend. 21 critical violations. YOU go eat there. Thanks to KDVR for informing the public that this operation is run by vile, disgusting pigs with no sense of morals or responsibility.

  • Lia Cooperson

    It seems that the A+ rating often goes to a chain restaurant. Red Lobster, Olive Garden, a Five Guys… It would be neat to profile some local places for something other than an F. Of course, chain restaurants have more guidelines regarding cleanliness, so it’s easier for them to stay on top of things. I always check the inspection records before trying out a new place… especially if it’s a local spot, and a few times likely saving myself a case of food poisoning!

  • Fast45

    In regards to La Despensa Latina:

    Illegals have less sense about food sanitation and less regard for the laws. It’s evident … even from their status title, “illegals.” Virtually no sober knowledgeable person eats there.

  • Detain Deport

    Why anyone would continue to eat at these establishments that are clearly run with illegal labor is beyond me..

    Do the math.. 90% of the “F” ratings are Mexicant or Oriental.. They no spreaky engrish.. Can’t read the rules on cleanliness.

  • Anastacia Nolan

    Detain Deport… LOL I agree, over 90% of the “F” ratings are mexican or asian. They do not have our same standards for cleanliness whatsoever. Stop eating at these disgusting places and they will hopefully close down, save Americans from bad cases of food poisoning or worse.

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