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  • No hot water common issue for restaurants fined after health inspections

    DENVER — Every week, the FOX31 Problem Solvers we go behind kitchen doors for a look at restaurants to ensure food safety. Inspectors fine restaurants for repeat critical violations and for issues like no hot water or a pest infestation. From inspections to collections, it is an expensive and time-consuming process designed to keep the public safe. Hundreds of restaurants owe $500,000 in fines. “We will turn them over to a collection agency,” said Danica Lee of the Denver Environmental […]

  • Health department pictures show mold at Elway’s Cherry Creek

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  • Pregame hot wings rated in Restaurant Report Card

    DENVER — There is a big football game this weekend, so Restaurant Report Card turns its attention to hot spots for hot wings this week. Woody’s Wings N Things and Gourmet Chinese Tri-County Health Department inspectors cited the Westminster location for nine critical health code violations in November. The critical mistakes included: Rodent droppings No hot water sink Food on floor Raw beef stored next to veggies “Yeah, we’ve corrected all the problems we had on all the violations,” employee […]

  • How employees handle food a problem at restaurants getting report card ‘F’s’

    DENVER — Every week, FOX31 looks at health inspections at restaurants in metro Denver and along the Front Range. Pho 79 This repeat offender in Westminster failed the report card with 11 critical health code violations in December.  The mistakes included: Rodent feces Manager did not know food safety Employees put on gloves without washing hands Build up Grime and food debris “We have corrected all violations,” owner Son Nguyen said. “A lot of our violations were mental errors and […]

  • Roaches critical issue for deli in Restaurant Report Card

    DENVER — Every week, FOX31 looks at health inspections at restaurants in metro Denver and along the Front Range. Zaidy’s Deli 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 […]

  • Workers lack basic food safety at cafe receiving Restaurant Report Card ‘F’

    DENVER — Every week FOX31 looks at health inspections at every restaurants. Pita Fresh This Denver restaurant failed the report card with nine critical health code violations in December.  The critical mistakes included: Workers did not know basic food safety Soiled rag Toxic sanitizer Pastries tossed for not being held could enough The owner Ali Alissa showed us the kitchen and said all the issues have been corrected. “We clean everything,” Alissa said. “We made sure we had our sanitizer […]

  • Hot water problems, employees eating while working lead to Restaurant Report Card ‘F’s’

    DENVER — Every week FOX31 looks at health inspections at every restaurants. Swing Thai The Denver Thai location failed its health inspection with 11 critical violations in November.  The issues included: Employee eating while cutting vegetables Bare hands Roach spray not approved for commercial use “We do take these violations seriously and have corrected all the problems that we were cited for,” the restaurant’s controller said. Swing Thai is at 4370 Tennyson St. Bar Louie Denver This Northfield restaurant scored […]

  • Employee coughing over food serious violation at failed restaurant

    DENVER — Every week FOX31 looks at health inspections at every restaurants. Parkway Bar and Grill The Aurora restaurant scored 14 critical health code violations in October. The mistakes included: Employee coughing over food Raw beef stored over ready to eat food Ants Fly strip Boxes of food on floor The restaurant’s owner, Dean Nenni, sent the following remarks in part: “… we work 365 days a year to make sure everything is safe for our customers, this is not […]

  • Strip saturated with flies found at ‘F’ restaurant

    DENVER — Every week FOX31 looks at health inspections at every restaurants. Good Times Drive Thru Burgers Tri County inspectors cited the Aurora location for nine critical health code violations in October. The mistakes included: Fly strip saturated with flies Food at wrong temperature Several boxes of food on floor “Our utmost priority is the safety of our guests,” the restaurant’s corporate office said in a statement. “Our inspection scores are usually excellent. This restaurant took immediate corrective action and […]

  • Failed restaurants score common violations: bare hand use and food thawing in sink

    DENVER — Every week FOX31 looks at health inspections at local restaurants and brings our findings to our viewers. Okinawa Sushi Tri County Health Inspectors found 14 critical health code violations in October and September.  The critical issues include: Rodent Droppings Raw Shrimp Thawing on bamboo leaves An employee eating behind sushi bar Handling food with bare hands The restaurant did not return our calls so we stopped by.  An employee told us the owner and the manager were not […]

  • Denver firefighters suspended for ‘egregious’ behavior while drinking off-duty

    DENVER — A group of off-duty Denver firefighters has been disciplined after a bar owner complained they not only brought their own alcohol inside his establishment, but were being “very loud and vulgar” during a breakfast-time celebration. Surveillance video and reports released by the Denver Department of Public Safety reveal some rowdy behavior, including “obtaining” empty coffee cups from a stand and filling them with alcohol they brought inside. When asked to leave, some members of the group allegedly “hollered insults” […]

  • Brooklyn’s Finest Pizza gets a Restaurant Report Card ‘A’

    DENVER — Every week FOX31 looks at health inspections at every restaurants. Zoe Ma Ma Denver inspectors cited the LoDo location for nine critical health code violation in October. The critical mistakes included: Workers touched trash can then didn’t wash hands Employee touching food with bare hands Cutting veggies without washing first Soiled towel used to wipe counters “We quickly corrected the violations and a follow-up inspection the following week confirmed this,” the restaurant said in a statement. :There is […]