DENVER -- A Westminster restaurant fails Restaurant Report Card for what was found dead near a food prep area, the Crowne Plaza Hotel gets dinged for flies and our "A" goes to a Baskin Robbins
Tuk Tuk located at 10667 Westminster Boulevard earned an “F” on our report card for 11 critical health code violations found in its March 2014 and September 2013 unannounced health inspections.
In March, health inspectors cited the eatery for “dead cockroaches near and on water heater by prep area.” Also in March, inspectors found “cans of Raid and roach bait on storage shelf by prep sink” and the “hand sink is (was) inaccessible.”
A Jefferson County Health Inspector also said the restaurant’s sanitizer was not strong enough and was “dirty” plus non food contact surfaces including the “walls and ceiling of walk in cooler were dirty.”
We asked to speak to Tuk Tuk’s owner, but received the following statement instead: “Roach problems are in many businesses because it gets transported through food vendors from their warehouses and then spread within the restaurant. We are trying aggressively with Terminix to eliminate the problem.“
Tuk Tuk passed a follow up inspection in May.
Crowne Plaza Hotel
The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Denver earned our second “F” of the week with 17 critical violations in its February 2014 and July 2013 unannounced inspections.
In February, an inspector saw a “bartender touch her hair and eye glasses, then proceed to scoop ice for customer beverages without washing hands.” Also, an employee’s partially eaten muffin was in direct contact with clean dishes.
During last year’s unannounced inspection, a Denver health expert found “small winged flies in the bar around the beer tap.”
The Hotel’s general manager refused to do an interview and sent us the following response: “All of the issues identified in the inspection report have been corrected and appropriate steps have been taken to assure the situation does not happen again.”
The “A” of the week goes to Baskin Robbins in Wheat Ridge for back to back perfect inspections.
Alison Thomas, owner said, “It’s a lot of cleaning but we have a good staff here. I have a lot of people who’ve been with me several years already and we all kind of take ownership of it.”
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.