Los Arcos Express, New China score Restaurant Report Card ‘Fs’

DENVER -- Two metro-area restaurants failed this week's Restaurant Report Card.

Los Arcos Express

The Federal Heights restaurant failed the report card with 10 critical health code violations in January. An inspector cited the following critical violations:

  • Employee washed hands less than 20 seconds
  • Several large containers of chile rellenos held at wrong temperature
  • Soap dispenser contained sanitizer

The owner of the restaurant, Ray Luevano, said all of his employees have gone through safety training.

"As long as we keep making good food and our place is always clean," Luevano said. "The issues we are having are just maintenance that we had to deal with. ... And then the training ... trust us”

The restaurant is located on West 92nd Avenue in Federal Heights passed its follow-up inspection.

New China

A Jefferson County inspector cited the restaurant for 11 critical violations during its February surprise inspection.

The critical mistakes included:

  • Multiple foodborne illness risks
  • Uncovered raw shrimp next to vegetables
  • Dish rack, dish machine and slicer dirty

"We clean the kitchen every day," an employee said. "We mop the floor. Vacuum the carpet and move all of the chairs every night and the kitchen … right here … you know I think it is clean.”

The employee let us into the kitchen where our camera captured nail clippers and employee drinks on the slicer.

New China is at 3890 Kipling St. in Wheat Ridge.

Enricos Italian Market

The Arvada market scored an “A” for no critical violations in its last two regular inspections.

"We stay on top of it," owner Debbie Slocum said. "We know what needs to be done. And we try to stay on it every day. Just going down the list every week making sure by the end of the week, pretty much by now, it’s just habit.

"But we make sure the most important ones -- sanitizing and temperatures -- are exact. All of our hard work every day is paying off.”

Enricos Italian Market is on Chase Drive in Arvada.

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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