285 Landing, Tafolino’s fail Restaurant Report Card

DENVER -- Two restaurants earned "F's" in this week's Restaurant Report Card.

285 Landing Japanese Restaurant

The Lakewood restaurant failed our report card with 10 critical violations in its December inspection.

The mistakes included pest droppings on shelves and floor, a fly strip hanging food prep area, a hand sink that was blocked, and a microwave, shelves and floor soiled with grease and grime.

The manager of the restaurant said "We already corrected" when asked about the violations.

285 Landing is at 3650 S. Wadsworth Blvd. in Lakewood.

Tafolino’s Mexican Restaurant

The Mexican restaurant failed with 18 critical violations in its December and June surprise inspections.

Last month, the inspector found the following critical violations:

  • An employee washed their hands for 7 seconds
  • Cook put on gloves without washing hands
  • Raw hamburger stored next to eggs
  • “Pink Gunk” was found in the ice machine

"You had pink gunk inside your ice machine?” the restaurant's manager was asked.

"That was pink suds soap. ... They just didn’t clean it out right," Willie Sanchez said.

Sanchez said since the inspections, he has hired a new kitchen manager to oversee the back of the house.

"I am having a weekly meeting with everybody everywhere from food temperatures to everything ... basically everything," Sanchez said.

Tafolino’s is in Golden at 2001 Youngfield St.

Smashburger - Lakewood City Commons

The “A” goes to Smashburger at Lakewood City Commons for back-to-back inspections with no critical violations. The head of operations, Mark Clark, said food safety is at their core.

“A lot of great team members that have a lot of passion and pride for the brand, and not just great quality and great service, but they also have an extreme passion for food safety. We want to keep people. We were excited. Are you kidding me? This is what we work hard for," he said.

This Smashburger location is at 7740 W. Alameda Ave.

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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