Restaurant Report Card: Rock Bottom Brewery, Outback Steakhouse

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DENVER -- In our Restaurant Report Card this week, a popular brewery earns a failing grade for what inspectors found in the liquor.

Rock Bottom Brewery

Rock Bottom Brewery on County Line Road in Englewood failed its health inspection for five critical inspections during its April inspection.  It also had six violations last year.

Tri-county Health inspectors found “a bottle of liquor in the back bar was adulterated with a fruit fly, employees were putting on gloves without first washing their hands” and “butter” and “batter” were held at temperatures too warm.

Also, inspectors noted that the ceiling, walls and food prep tables were soiled.

The restaurant’s corporate office told us, “Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our guests ... Tri county re-insepctions show that all issues were immediately corrected.”

A follow up inspection in May shows that all critical violations were corrected.

Outback Steakhouse

Next we go down under to Outback Steakhouse on Abilene in Aurora where health inspectors found a dozen critical violations earning the restaurant an F on our report card.

Inspectors in April said “an employee (was) …observed handling dirty dishes and then clean dishes, and did not first wash hands.”

Tri-county experts also found “rodent droppings” and “multiple bottles of liquor at the bar were adulterated with insects.

Outback’s corporate office told us, “The results of the recent inspection are disappointing and contrary to how we run our restaurant. We have corrected all of the items.”

The Fowl Line

Also, The Fowl Line in Castle Rock landed an F for ten critical violations found during its April inspection.

Inspectors found “hand sinks inaccessible for hand washing” and the dish machine was not sanitizing dishes.

During its December inspection, health inspectors found “multiple bottles of liquor at the bar were adulterated with insects.”

The manager of the restaurant said he has asked the health department to better train new employees and re-educate current employees.

The manager said “Some items were serious” and that they “fixed everything.”   The sports grill got a clean bill of health after its most recent check-up.

Vibe Bar and Grill

Vibe Bar and Grill on Lewiston Street in Aurora received an F for thirteen critical violations during its last two inspections.

In April, Tri-county health inspectors observed employees “washing their hands without …soap” and “metal probe thermometer” to ensure food safety was not available.

In December, inspectors found fruit flies in a bottle of liquor and “an employee donning and changing gloves without first washing hands.” The restaurant’s owner did not return our calls for comment.

Phoenician Kabob

Our grade A of the week goes to Phoenician Kabob on East Colfax where the restaurant gets an A plus for back to back perfect inspections.

The Middle Eastern restaurant is an example of cleanliness earning three years of perfect inspections.

The owner, Ibrahim Dahleh, said, “I have to give credit not only to the staff that I have, but I have to give the credit to my wife too.”

It is a spotless kitchen with a plan to keep it that way.

Food safety tip from Denver Department of Environmental Health:

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