DENVER -- Every week on Friday night, we dig deep into restaurant health inspections to reveal what's really going on behind closed kitchen doors. And we have the resources available for you to check how your favorite restaurants do on health inspections.
Watch Investigative Reporter Heidi Hemmat's video report to see what she found out about three metro Denver restaurants this week.
- Sushi Katsu, Greenwood Village received an "F" for 15 critical health code violations in September and May inspections
- Parkway Café, Federal Heights received an "F" for 13 critical health code violations in a September inspection
- Panera Bread, 6408 Yank Way, Arvada received an "A" for back-to-back perfect health department inspections
How restaurants appear on our Report Card
Restaurant Report Card airs on FOX31 Denver News at 9 each Friday 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.
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 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.