Strip club gets an “F” in the Restaurant Report Card

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DENVER -- The Penthouse Club in Glendale is best known for its dancers, but here is the naked truth about the health code violations in their kitchen.

The Penthouse Club earned an “F” on our Restaurant Report Card for 18 critical violations in its January 2, 2014 follow up inspection and a December 17, 2013 critical item inspection.

In January an inspector found “multiple bottles of liquor at the front bar contained fruit flies.”  The inspection also noted “sliced cheese and diced tomatoes” were stored at too warm of temperature to keep bacteria from growing, the “bar dish machine” was not sanitizing and “poor hygienic practices” were being followed.

In December, the inspection noted “hand lotion stored above and next too food items…”

We requested an interview with the owner, but instead received the following statement from the kitchen manager.  “Upon Tri-County Health Department inspection violations were observed, the majority of which were resolved on the spot. The follow up inspection found all issues to be in compliance.”

There have been four follow up inspections at the Penthouse Club this year with no violations found February 18.

H Mart’s Sushi Restaurant on Parker Road in Aurora earned an “F” on our report card for 12 critical violations in its un-announced inspection in December 2013.

Tri-County Health inspectors cited the restaurant for 12 critical violations including “a live cockroach, fly strips were hanging over … areas where dishes were stored” and the “hand sink … was blocked.”

Finally, “trash debris (was) stored in the walk-in refrigerator.”

Eric Jung, the owner of the sushi restaurant said the bad inspection was due to un-trained employees. “We had new employees in my kitchen, so they didn’t do the training yet.” Jung said he has corrected the problem and hired a pest control company.

The restaurant passed a follow up inspection eight days after its un-announced inspection in December.

The “A” plus goes to Panda Express in Lakewood for back-to-back perfect inspections.  The general manager says she and her staff are fired up to be our “A.”   “My team and I treat the restaurant like a second home and keep it clean and keep it organized.  My team and I are very proud and thank you so much for choosing us.”

How Restaurants Appear on our Report Card

Restaurant Report Card features health inspections in the city and county of Denver, Jefferson County and restaurants under the jurisdiction of the Tri-County Health Department. 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 uses to give a restaurant a failing grade includes the evaluation of two unannounced inspections by county health inspectors. A failing restaurant must have 5 critical violations on their most recent regular inspection and 5 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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