DENVER -- A Denver eatery fails Restaurant Report Card for an “imminent health risk.”
Tacos Y Salsas
Tacos Y Salsas located at 1531 Stout Street earned an “F” on our report card for 19 critical health code violations in February 2014 and July 2013 unannounced inspections.
The violations in July include “over 20 small winged flies in the salsa bar” and “over 100 rodent droppings along baseboards ... (and) along the walls of the kitchen beneath the dry storage…”
The salsas were held at unsafe temperatures and had to be thrown out. The inspector also said, “excessive food and greasy and debris” has collected on many surfaces and counters.
The lack of hot water in February led the inspector to call “an imminent health risk” and ordered the facility to “cease and desist all food handling” until the problem was corrected.
FOX31 Denver’s Heidi Hemmat asked, “Do you guys still have fruit flies in the salsa bar or have you taken care of that?” An employee said, “We have taken care of that.” We left messages for the owner, but our calls were not returned. Tacos Y Salsas passed a follow up inspection on February 21.
The second “F” goes to 4 G’s on South Broadway. An inspector cited the restaurant for 12 critical mistakes in its unannounced health department inspection in June.
The report said, “Employee observed handling ready to eat tortilla chips with their bare hands. Same employee observed placing cheese into tortilla and rolling ready to eat tortilla with her bare hands.” Buckets of green chile, chicken and raw beef were held at unsafe temperatures and had to be thrown out.
The staff was using soiled tongs to pick up potentially hazardous food and admitted to the inspector the tongs had not been cleaned since the previous day.
Finally, the inspection report said, “Employees observed handling food without wearing hair restraints."
The owner provided a statement that said in part, “…all violations … have been corrected and now meet or exceed any and all health inspection requirements, the majority of which were corrected onsite with the health inspector present…” The restaurant passed a follow up inspection in June.
Granny Scott's Pie Shop
An “A” goes to Granny Scott’s Pie shop in Lakewood for back-to-back health inspections with zero critical violations. Owner Larry Green gives the credit to his workers. Green said, “I don’t want to eat in a dirty place. I don’t want anyone else to eat in a dirty place. This is our house; the people who are coming in are our friends and our guests.”
It’s no wonder this pie shop made it to the upper crust of our report card. Granny Scott’s Pies can be found at 3333 South Wadsworth Boulevard in Lakewood.
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 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.