Aurora restaurant gets “F” for what was found dead in the kitchen

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Silla Restaurant located at 3005 South Peoria Street got an “F” on our report card for 11 critical violations during a June routine inspection.

The report said, “Two dead mice were observed in the dry storage area. Rodent droppings were observed on the floor and shelves of the dry storage area.”

Also, “An employee was observed touching her face then handling food without washing hands.” Other employees were seen touching their fingers to their mouths then handling clean dishes and handling a cell phone while preparing food.

The inspector also said, “The person in charge was unaware of hot and cold holding temperatures and which foods classify as potentially hazardous foods.”

HEIDI HEMMATThe restaurant owner refused to do an interview, but provided this statement: “We have been continuously working with Orkin for mouse troubles and on the follow up inspection we have been cleared. All the new staff members and servers have been re-trained properly about all food preparations.

McCarthy's Sports Bar and Grill

Our next “F” goes to McCarthy’s Sports Bar and Grill located at 15350 East Smoky Hill Road.

The Aurora Irish pub earned 16 critical violations in its June and February 2014 unannounced inspections. The report said, “Raw beef was stored on top of ready to eat food” and “an employee (was observed) handling ready to eat food without gloves.”

The report also said ground beef, salad dressing and cheese were held at unsafe temperatures.

Also, there was trash and food debris on the floor behind the bar.

McCarthy’s owner did not want to talk to us on camera and sent us a response saying, “We have taken several measures to ensure the cleanliness of our establishment. In the last month, we have hired a new kitchen manager, implemented new procedures and continue to experience increased positive feedback by clientele…” McCarthy’s passed a follow-up inspection earlier this month.

Subway in Lakewood

And, the “A” of the week goes to Subway in Lakewood for no violations in two back to back inspections.

Manager Meaghan Townsend credits her staff for their perfect record and she is proud to be recognized on our report. Townsend said, “When I found out I was just so excited. I was even doing a happy dance in front of customers, so it was kind of embarrassing, but it was fun.”

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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