Restaurant Report Card: Imminent health risk noted at one place, roach infestation closes another

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DENVER -- Lime XS on 6th Avenue in Denver scored an “F” on Restaurant Report Card with 16 critical violations in one regular inspection. The health department returned to the restaurant four times before giving the restaurant a clean bill of health in October.

Lime XS

The August inspection included an order to “cease serving ceviche” since Lime could not prove it destroyed the parasite in the raw fish.

The report also said an employee was using the same cutting board for raw beef and ready to eat food plus “Kitchen employees … could not demonstrate food safety knowledge.”

And the inspection noted Lime’s “pervasive lack of compliance” for violations related to food borne illness … is an imminent health risk.

Lime’s manager Jeff Lawson disregarded our request for a statement or interview so we tried to stop by, but Lawson met us at the door and claimed the violations were minor.

FOX31’s Heidi Hemmat asked, “The inspector noted that what you were doing in here constituted an imminent health risk. Do you recall reading that?” Lawson said, “All that was fired and taken care of and having a point here and there is normal.”

Lawson said they fired the employee responsible. Lime is located at 730 East 6th Avenue.

Little India - South Downing Street

Roach in restaurant

Roach in restaurant

Little India on South Downing Street earned an “F” for 14 critical violations in its last two unannounced inspections in October and July.

The inspector said the roach infestation was so bad she shut down the facility until it was exterminated. The inspector noted more than 100 roaches crawling on the floors, walls, on bags of food and on the cooking equipment.

Dead roaches were also observed on food contact surfaces. Our calls to the owner were not returned and when we stopped by the manager could only say “Yes” the roaches were gone.

Little India is located at 2390 South Downing Street.

Papa Frank's

The “A” goes to Papa Frank’s in Broomfield for no critical violations in October and June’s unannounced inspections. The Italian eatery is located at 300 Nickel Street.

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.

Contact 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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