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Temperature issues lead to tossed food, report card ‘F’s’

DENVER — Two area restaurants received “F’s in the Restaurant Report Card.

Acorn

The Denver establishment failed the Restaurant Report Card with 12 critical violations in its unannounced October and April inspections.

The mistakes included pasta held at the wrong temperature (it had to be thrown out), produce stored on the floor and no gloves.

“We want the community to understand that following the inspection, we took immediate action to address and remedy all violations in order to comply with the DEH regulations,” Acorn said in a statement.

“We would like to address our violations openly and honestly and explain the steps we have taken to move forward.”

Acorn is located at 3350 Brighton Blvd.

Revelry Kitchen

The Denver inspector cited Revelry for 17 critical violations in its October and April surprise inspections.

The violations included employees not answering basic food safety questions, sanitizer measured zero, and chicken and hash browns were held at the wrong temperature (they had to be thrown out).

“Our new chef helped to bring us back to our high standards of service and cleanliness and pass the inspection with flying colors.  It was unfortunately, a fluke, and not the way that we conduct our business but with the change of a whole kitchen, we are back to where our high standards are held,” the restaurant said in a statement.

Revelry Kitchen is at 4140 W. 38th Ave.

Vivian’s Gourmet

The “A” of the week goes to Vivian’s Gourmet in Evergreen for two perfect health inspections.

“We just do our job basically follow the rules that have been set,” owner Kristen Snow-Ledgerwood said. “We feel they have been set to keep our staff and consumers safe it’s just part of what we do on a daily basis. So we just follow the rules. It’s nice to be recognized for doing what we do every single day.”

Vivian’s Gourmet is located on Meadow Drive in Evergreen.

How restaurants appear on our Report Card

Restaurant Report Card airs on FOX31 News at 9 p.m. each Thursday and Channel 2 News at 4 p.m. each Friday. 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 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.

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