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DENVER -- One of Englewood’s most popular breweries hits “Rock Bottom” with health inspectors.

Rock Bottom Brewery - County Line Road

Rock Bottom Brewery earned an “F” on our Restaurant Report Card for 11 critical violations in its last two unannounced or routine inspections in February 2015 and January 2014.

In February an inspector found, “A bottle of liquor in the bar had fruit flies” and “an employee in the grill area was … handling ready to eat lettuce with their bare hands.”

An inspector said there was no hot water in the food prep sink, chicken and cheese were held at unsafe temperatures which can cause food poisoning and the soda gun at the bar was moldy.

Rock Bottom provided this statement: “…The health and safety of our guests is our top priority ... All issues raised by the Tri-County Health Department were immediately corrected and we passed re-inspection without incident.” Rock Bottom Brewery is located at 9627 East County Line Road.

Rodizio Grill - LoDo

Rodizio Grill scored an “F” for 15 critical mistakes in its last two unannounced inspections in March of this year and last year.

On March 3, a Denver Environmental Inspector found moldy strawberries, no sanitizer being used to clean the cook line and the hand washing sink was blocked by a large trash can.

Also, the “Investigator observed several unapproved pest elimination devices in the bar area …”

Rodizio Grill also responded in writing with this statement:   “…For the past 20 years, Rodizio Grill has been committed to food safety and the highest quality of product … we will continue to uphold stringent employee training and safety programs so we can continue to safely serve guests with excellence.” Rodizio Grill is located at 1801 Wynkoop Street in Denver.

Casa Bonita

The perfect score goes to Casa Bonita in Lakewood for back-to-back inspections with no critical violations. Jefferson county health inspectors were at the restaurant located at 6715 West Colfax Avenue on April 8 and found no critical mistakes. It’s nice to know the restaurant known for “diving” is swimming to the top.

How restaurants appear on our Report Card

Restaurant Report Card airs on FOX31 Denver News at 9 each Thursday night and it features health inspections in the city and county of Denver, Jefferson County, Weld County and restaurants under the jurisdiction of the Tri-County Health Department. The Tri-County Health Department includes Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

HEIDI HEMMATAn 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 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.

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