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  • Employees’ actions turn into critical mistakes

    DENVER — The FOX31 Problem Solvers dig deep each week to see how metro Denver restaurants are doing on their health inspections. The actions of employees were problems for this week’s featured establishments. The Home Cafe The Englewood restaurant failed the report card with 12 critical violations in May. The mistakes included: An employee handling dirty then clean dishes Eggs and raw bacon were held at the wrong temperature Slicer, refrigerator and ovens were soiled with grease and debris The […]

  • Hand-washing, glove-wearing issues lead to ‘F’s’ on Restaurant Report Card

    DENVER — The FOX31 Problem Solvers dig deep each week to see how metro Denver restaurants are doing on their health inspections. Mama Lisa’s Little Italy The Castle Pines restaurant scored 10 critical health code violations during a May inspection. The inspector found: Employees washing hands less than 15 seconds No soap at hand sink Flies Food thawing in sink Ice machine, oven, freezer and mixer soiled “Any and all critical violations have been corrected,” the owner said in a […]

  • Cooking temperatures common issue for Restaurant Report Card ‘F’s’

    DENVER — The FOX31 Problem Solvers dig deep each week to see how metro Denver restaurants are doing on their health inspections. In The Zone The Golden restaurant failed the report card with 15 critical health code violations in May and November.  In May, the mistakes included: A dead mouse Rodent droppings Cook could not demonstrate food safety Employees not using thermometer “All of our cooks are in the process of attending the food handler and food safety classes,” the […]

  • Restaurants that can’t demonstrate food safety get ‘Fs’

    DENVER — The FOX31 Problem Solvers dig deep each week to see how metro Denver restaurants are doing on their health inspections. Undici Ristorante The Englewood restaurant failed the report card with 10 critical health code violations. The mistakes in April included: Staff could not demonstrate food safety Employee used spoon to eat then used spoon on cook line Worker handled dirty dishes then cleaned dishes without washing hands Grease and food debris “None of the alleged violations had anything […]

  • Professionals working without a license is common practice

    DENVER — The Department of Regulatory Agencies is warning professionals to not let their license expire. There are dozens of professions in Colorado that require a license. “We see it from doctors expiring to plumbers expiring to electricians, so it’s across all of those different professions,” said Ofelia Duran with DORA. A tipster said there were unlicensed workers at Central Nails in Littleton. “I’m here to see Ruby today,” a producer said. The cosmetologist gave her a pedicure even though […]

  • Hand-washing issues lead to Restaurant Report Card ‘Fs’ for food trucks

    DENVER — Food trucks are rolling into parks and neighborhoods in the Denver metro area. But how safe are restaurants on wheels? Area health experts inspect trucks for food safety just like full-service restaurant locations. Los Grandes Denver Health inspectors found 13 critical health code violations in the last two surprise inspections. In April, the inspector noted the following: Employee touching food with bare hands Beef held too warm No sanitizing solution No soap The truck had been open for […]

  • Health department investigates mice issue at airport in Restaurant Report Card

    DENVER — Restaurant health inspectors are taking a close look at Denver International Airport after an airline employee took three videos of mice scurrying around. The health department inspectors said they found “evidence of mice throughout the private and public spaces inside of the airport.” But only one restaurant is familiar with the issue. Etai’s Cafe The bakery on Concourse B lands an “F” for rodent droppings. The sandwich shop scored 13 critical violations in its two most recent surprise […]

  • Weather supercomputer predicts Colorado floods, wildfires

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — It’s called Cheyenne and it’s a supercomputer in Wyoming that helps the the Pinpoint Weather team predict the forecast. Cheyenne is changing the way meteorologists, scientists and students look at weather patterns. That’s because it illustrates the atmosphere in motion, giving a better look at which storms will produce tornadoes, hail, flooding rain or a blinding blizzard. The supercomputer crunches calculations at an outstanding rate: 5.34 quadrillion calculations in about one second. It runs out of the National […]

  • Golf club grills and restaurants not up to par in Restaurant Report Card

    DENVER — The FOX31 Problem Solvers dig deep each week to see how metro Denver restaurants are doing on their health inspections. This week, golf club grills and restaurants are in the spotlight. Heritage Eagle Bend Golf and Country Club The country club in Aurora failed the Restaurant Report Card with 14 critical violations found in inspections during February and October 2016. The critical mistakes in February included: An employee handling food with bare hands Fruit, lettuce and cheese held […]

  • Moldy food at Breakfast Queen, Panda King II bring Restaurant Report Card ‘Fs’

    DENVER — The FOX31 Problem Solvers dig deep each week to see how metro Denver restaurants are doing on their health inspections. Breakfast Queen The Englewood restaurant scored an “F” on the Restaurant Report Card with 10 critical violations found during its surprise inspection in March. The critical mistakes included: Multiple strawberries and blueberries were moldy Several employees wiped hands on common towel A fryer basket stored in hand sink Tomatoes, raw bacon and gryo meat were held at unsafe […]

  • Rodents and/or flies found at restaurants, leading to report card ‘Fs’

    DENVER — The FOX31 Problem Solvers dig deep each week to see how metro Denver restaurants are doing on their health inspections. Sherpa House Restaurant The Golden restaurant earned an “F” on the Restaurant Report Card with 12 critical violations found during its March inspection. A Jefferson County inspector cited the restaurant in March for: Rodent droppings Dish machine not sanitizing Employee was handling bread with bare hands Employee washing single use gloves instead of hands The owner the restaurant […]

  • Food safety knowledge issue brings ‘F’ on Restaurant Report Card

    DENVER — The FOX31 Problem Solvers dig deep each week to see how metro Denver restaurants are doing on their health inspections. Pacific Ocean Market The Aurora market failed the Restaurant Report Card with 15 critical health code violations found during surprise inspections in February and October 2016. Last month’s critical mistakes included: Dish machine no hot water Weak sanitizer No test strips Cutting boards were deeply grooved Ocean Pacific showed the kitchen to see the violations had been corrected. […]