DENVER -- Every week, FOX31 looks at health inspections at restaurants in metro Denver and along the Front Range.
The Cherry Creek sandwich shop failed the report card with 11 critical health code violations in December.
The critical mistakes included:
- Live and dead roaches
- Boxes blocked hand sink
- Unlabeled bottle of pink cleaner
- Employee drink next to potatoes
“A majority of those violations you could call ‘head slappers’ ... boxes of water having just been delivered blocking a small hand sink, employee putting a cup on a lower shelf but forgetting to then to put it in an additional pan," owner Jason Rudofsky said.
"A bottle of sanitizer placed on the wrong shelf. The other violations were either corrected immediately or rectified over the next week or so.”
Zaidy’s Deli is on Adams Street in Denver.
Jim N Nicks Bar-B-Q
This Aurora BBQ stop scored 11 critical violations on Nov. 30.
Among the violations:
- Employees washing hands for few seconds
- BBQ sauce on trash can
- Dish machine not sanitizing
“We take food safety concerns extremely seriously, and corrected ALL critical and non-critical violations immediately the day they came out on 11/30/17," the restaurant's media representative said in an email.
"The health department returned for a re-inspection the following week on 12/7, and we are proud to say there were zero violations observed."
Jim N Nicks is at 24153 E. Prospect Ave.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill
The “A” goes to Romano’s Macaroni Grill in Westminster for two inspections in a row with no critical violations.
“From the moment we hire someone through the training program and day to day, we the importance of food safety," Romano's Jessica Rygg said.
"Daily we have line checks where we are checking food temperatures and all safety practices. Weekly we do self-inspections and quarterly we have a third part inspection as well.”
Romano's Mararoni Grill is at 2 Center Drive in Westminster.
How restaurants appear on our Report Card
Restaurant Report Card features health inspections in the city and county of Denver, Jefferson County, Weld County, Broomfield 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 FOX31 Denver uses to give a restaurant a failing grade includes the evaluation of two unannounced inspections by county health inspectors. A failing restaurant must have five or four critical violations on their most recent regular inspection and five or four critical violations on the previous regular inspection. The restaurant may also fail for nine or 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 regular inspections in a row, with no critical violations, by awarding them an A.
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