Dead roaches, dead rats and flies lead to a Restaurant Report Card ‘F’

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DENVER -- Tamales Moreno scored an “F” on our Restaurant Report Card with 18 critical violations in its October and August inspections.

Tamales Moreno

The violations include dead roaches in the kitchen and a dead rat in the storage area. An inspector also said flies were on “to go” containers and “on” jalapenos and both were discarded.

The report also said food was being prepared in the garage and cans of Raid were found in food prep areas.

Our calls were not returned so we stopped by, but employees refused to comment and asked us to leave. The restaurant is located at 5301 West Mississippi Avenue in Lakewood.

Lone Star Steakhouse, West 6th Avenue in Lakewood

Lone Star Steakhouse earned an “F” on our report card for 18 critical violations in its September and April inspections.

The inspector found bagged lettuce, chicken, steak and hamburgers all kept at unsafe temperatures which can result in food poisoning.

The reports also said the employees were not properly washing their hands and the dishwasher was not sanitizing. The Lone Star’s owner said he would send a statement, but he did not meet our deadline. The restaurant, which is located at 11905 West 6th Frontage Road in Lakewood, passed a follow up in October.

Sushi Ya Ya

The “A” goes to Sushi Ya Ya in Arvada for back-to-back perfect inspections. The restaurant located at 8025 Sheridan Boulevard aced our report.

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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