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  • 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. […]

  • Flies, spiders lead to Restaurant Report Card ‘F’

    DENVER — We dig deep each week to see how metro Denver restaurants are doing on their health inspections. Donut House The Aurora doughnut maker failed the Restaurant Report Card with 13 critical violations found in February and February 2016. The critical violations included: Dead flies in light fixtures above sink Spider webs in several areas Employees not washing hands No test strips to check chlorine levels The manager hung up when contacted. The same manager asked FOX31 to leave […]

  • 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. […]

  • No sanitizer leads to Report Card ‘Fs’ for Country Buffet in Denver and Zaidy’s

    DENVER — Failure to use sanitizer part of the problems at two Denver restaurants that failed Restaurant Report Card. Country Buffet The Denver buffet failed Restaurant Report Card with 10 critical violations in February. The critical mistakes included: Eggs, mushrooms and sausage held at unsafe temperatures Sanitizer measured zero Dish machine measured zero for detergent “Many of the violations were corrected immediately with the health inspector on site, and the remainder of the violations were corrected by the time of […]

  • 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 […]