DENVER -- Every week we dig deep into restaurant health department inspections to find out what's really going on behind closed kitchen doors.
Wood River at Ramada Denver
The Wood River at the Ramada Denver failed our Restaurant Report Card with 17 critical violations in its September and March surprise inspections.
In September the inspector found:
- Live roaches
- Rodent droppings
- No sanitizer solution
- Water in restroom not hot enough
The restaurant did not respond to our emails or calls so we stopped by, but employees would not talk about food safety.
Denver Health inspectors were back October 10th and found zero violations. The restaurant is located at 1150 East Colfax Avenue.
Jamie’s Mexican Restaurant
The restaurant earned an “F” for 15 critical violations in its September and March inspections. The violations include:
- Flies in two bottles of alcohol
- Ants on the kitchen floor
- 3 gallons green chili tossed for being at wrong temperature
We went to the restaurant for a comment and an employee said they addressed all the violations and are working with the cook to meet food safety requirements. The employee said, “We feel horrible about it because there really isn’t an excuse. Because, I feel like everything else can be taken care of easily. Jorge is going to be taking the health inspection classes just so everything is up to par and he knows exactly how things need to be done.”
The restaurant is at 1910 South Depew Street.
Pasta, Pasta Pasta
For the third time, the A goes to Pasta, Pasta, Pasta in Cherry Creek for zero critical violations.
The perfect pasta place is located at 2800 East 2nd Avenue.
How restaurants appear on our Report Card
Restaurant Report Card airs on Channel 2 News at 4 p.m. and FOX31 News at 9 p.m. each Friday and 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 used 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. The restaurant may also fail for ten or more violations in one 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.