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  • 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 […]

  • Black market marijuana business booming in Colorado

    DENVER — The Denver Police Department said Colorado’s illegal marijuana business is thriving. “The black market marijuana is booming,” Cmdr. James Henning said. Last year, Denver police arrested 242 people for illegally growing, selling or extracting marijuana. Henning’s team seized 8,913 pounds of marijuana last year. “That’s driven simply by the old laws of supply and demand. People are buying marijuana for a low price and buying low and selling it high,” he said. Local police work with the Drug […]

  • Ming’s Dynasty, Brewski’s Pub & Grill get Restaurant Report Card ‘Fs’

    DENVER — Two Denver-area restaurants failed this week’s Restaurant Report Card. Ming’s Dynasty The Glendale restaurant failed Restaurant Report Card with 13 critical violations in its January inspection. The critical mistakes included multiple dead mice, bottles of alcohol containing flies and toxic sanitizer. An employee only said, “I’m sorry.” Ming’s Dynasty is at 4251 E. Mississippi Ave. Brewski’s Pub & Grill An inspector cited the Thornton grill for 10 critical violations in January. The violations included: An employee did not […]

  • Price of insulin skyrockets, leaving diabetics with no recourse

    DENVER — Drug spending in the U.S. increased by 20 percent from 2013 to 2015, according to a study published by the American Medical Association. Last year, Americans saw egregious examples of price increases, including the cost of an Epipen. Now, millions of diabetics, members of Congress and the Diabetes Association are calling for hearings to investigate why the cost of insulin continues to rise. Scott Hovarter tests his blood sugar several times a day. “I use ten vials every […]

  • No hot water an issue at restaurants with failed inspections

    SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — The FOX31 Problem Solvers went to the mountains for this week’s Restaurant Report Card. Angel’s Hollow The Breckenridge burger bar failed Restaurant Report Card with 11 critical violations. The mistakes inspectors cited included staff not knowledgeable about washing and sanitizing, no hot water at the bar sink and seafood thawing at room temperature. Chef Lee Walker said the restaurant passed a follow-up inspection. “I’ve been a professional chef for 30-something years. I’m not in the business […]

  • Cooler holds ‘potentially hazardous foods’ in ski town Restaurant Report Card

    SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — The FOX31 Problem Solvers went to the mountains for this week’s Restaurant Report Card. Fiesta Jalisco This inspector cited the restaurant for 13 critical violations in its May and December surprise inspections. The critical mistakes in December included queso not held hot enough, a ccooler holding “potentially hazardous foods,” sanitizer as being too weak and a dish washer not sanitizing. The owner said on the phone he doesn’t have to explain himself. All of the violations […]