Restaurant Report Card: Burgers and flies

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DENVER -- Restaurant Report Card this week starts off with a lot of flying insects.

Hamburger Stand - Colfax & Holland, Lakewood

A failing grade goes to the Hamburger Stand at 1495 Holland in Lakewood for a “large amount of flies observed to be in facility.” The restaurant known for its burgers failed our Restaurant Report Card for 13 critical violations in its last two regular inspections.

In July, inspectors asked that “corn dogs and hot dogs” be discarded after they were held at the wrong temperature. Also, an inspector saw an “employee …eat food on (the) cook line” and found “nozzles on soda fountain to be unclean.”  The report also said “outer openings are not protected against pets.”

FOX31 Denver's Heidi Hemmat told the manager, “I want to talk to someone about your health code violations,” but the manager ignored us.  Workers did pull on gloves before the manager said, “You guys can leave now.”  Gloves were pulled on before we were kicked out.

Keg Steakhouse & Bar

Next, we hit the Keg Steakhouse & Bar at 14065 West Colfax Drive in Lakewood.  Inspectors cited the West Colfax restaurant for 12 critical mistakes.  In June, inspectors told workers to “discard” the butter which had been held at 75 degrees Fahrenheit on a dry storage shelf.

For safety, health experts recommend that food be held at 41 degrees Fahrenheit.

Inspectors also cited the restaurant for its dishwasher not sanitizing.   The report said the “dish machine is 0 ppm chlorine at final rinse, interior of ice machine is moldy” and the “ice scoop (is) stored on dirty surface.”

A spokesperson for the Keg Steakhouse & Bar said, “…We take this situation very seriously and have taken this opportunity to redouble our training and review our procedures to prevent this from happening in the future.”

"A+" for Wendy's on S. University

Our A-plus of the week goes to Wendy’s at 2485 South University Avenue in Denver. The fast food franchise had no violations, critical nor non-critical during its last two regular inspections.

Jim Bistany, the restaurant’s general manager told FOX31 Denver, “It starts at the general manager down to every single crew member. They strive every day to have the best quality food, the cleanest and safest restaurant we can have.”

It’s team success that pays off with an A-plus in our report card.

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