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Hand-washing an issue for restaurants receiving report card ‘F’s’

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

New Star Cafe

The Broomfield restaurant failed the report card with 11 critical violations found during a surprise February inspection. The critical mistakes included:

  • Cans of heavily rusted glaze
  • Workers not washing hands
  • Employee with band aid not covered with gloves
  • Raw meat and potatoes left uncovered

A worker said the manager wasn’t there and she couldn’t talk about the inspection.

The restaurant is located at 1255 E. First St. in Broomfield.

Kelly’s Cajun Grill

A Jefferson County inspector found 10 critical violations during a regular inspection in February.

The mistakes included:

  • Roaches at prep table
  • Breaded chicken tossed for being held wrong temperature
  • Workers not washing hands
  • Weak sanitizer

“We send regional team members to franchise stores and they perform an entire inspection of the operation including health procedures," the restaurant said in a statement. "This particular store has passed these inspections in the past.

"We also require our stores to have contracts with exterminators in accordance with health codes. We have now flagged this store and they will have a more frequent and rigorous inspection process going forward.

"We will also make sure to retrain the ... manager and retrain the employees on proper health code procedures."

Kelly’s Cajun Grill is at Colorado Mills on West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood.

Five Guys -- Broomfield

The “A” goes to Five Guys in Broomfield for two perfect health inspections in a row.

Five Guys is at 4480 W. 121st 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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