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  • Panaderia Contreras, Rory’s Tavern get Restaurant Report Card ‘F’s’

    DENVER — The FOX31 Problem Solvers search hundreds of inspections to see how metro Denver restaurants are doing on their health inspections. Panaderia Contreras Denver health inspectors said the bakery needed a good cleaning. The establishment failed the Restaurant Report Card with 15 critical health code violations in August. The mistakes included: Moldy blocks of cheese Excessive blood in freezer Dead and live roaches The inspector told Panaderia to clean or face being closed. The owner showed he corrected the […]

  • Flies an issue for failed restaurants

    DENVER — The FOX31 Problem Solvers search hundreds of inspections to see how metro Denver restaurants are doing on their health inspections. Taz Indian Restaurant The Aurora restaurant failed with 10 critical health code violations in July. The critical mistakes include: Numbers flies and rodent droppings Dish machine was not sanitizing Employees were not washing their hands Clean pots stored on floor The owner of the restaurant said they “fixed everything.” The restaurant is at 10731 E. Alameda Ave. Tamales […]

  • Del Frisco’s Grille runs into temperature trouble 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. Del Frisco’s Grille Del Frisco’s Grille in Cherry Creek failed the report card with 13 critical health code violations found during the last two regular inspections. In June, the Denver inspector found the following: Gallon of frosting thrown out Artichokes stored at wrong temperature Dishwasher not sanitizing Wet wipes used for cleaning tables “We understand how important it […]

  • Popular chain scores ‘A’ 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. Asti D’ Italia The Westminster restaurant failed the report card with 10 critical health code violations in June. The mistakes included: Employees not washing hands Beard not restrained Lasagna, cheese and other items held too warm The restaurant owner and operator, Charles Stanford, said the inspector was new, and the number of violations was concerning and alarming. “We […]

  • 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 […]