Hand-washing critical issue for popular chains

DENVER -- Two area restaurant chains received "F’s" in the Restaurant Report Card.

Kneaders

Kneaders in Castle Rock needs a better food safety plan, according to health inspectors.  The restaurant failed the report with 11 critical violations in its surprise October inspection.

The mistakes include a worker preparing food with uncovered burn, an employee washing hands for less than 15 seconds, and a large mixer not washed, rinsed and sanitized daily

“Kneaders Bakery & Cafe of Castle Rock has taken immediate action based on the evaluation which was given during our health department inspections," the corporation's chief operating officer Neil Checketts said in a statement. "We are committed to the highest-level of food safety and customer service and continue to work internally and with the Tri-County Health Department to correct all issues."

Tri-County Health inspectors returned to the restaurant for additional inspections after conducting two follow-up inspections with repeat critical violations.

The Castle Rock Kneaders is located at 826 New Memphis Court.

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill

The Lone Tree Restaurant scored an “F” on the report card with 14 critical violations in its October inspections.

The violations include an accumulation of dead and live insects, employees not washing hands or washing for less than 20 seconds, and cucumber, tomato salad, tabbouleh and cabbage were tossed for being held wrong temperature.

“Our utmost priority is the safety and health of our guests and employees," direction of operations Ron Cool said in a statement. "We have taken aggressive and immediate steps to rectify the issues at our (city) restaurant, including the replacement of our general manager.

"All required equipment repairs have been made, our Dec. 1 inspection was all clear and enhanced procedures have been instituted with the entire staff to ensure that we meet and exceed all health guidelines and continue to serve outstanding, healthful meals to our valued guests.”

Inspectors conducted three follow-up inspections before issuing a passing grade on Dec. 1.

The restaurant is at 9996 Commons St. in Lone Tree.

Pita Pit

The “A” of the week goes to Pita Pit in Westminster.  The location scored no critical violations during two inspections in a row.

"Kind of the philosophy we have is, nobody is above any of the check list items," owner Asha Narsai said. "I clean bathrooms, they clean bathrooms. Everybody is cross trained so everybody knows cleaning is part of the job duty. It’s not where only shift lead does sweeping and moping, everybody does everything.“

Pita pit is on West 120th Avenue in Westminster.

How restaurants appear on the 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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