Restaurant Report Card: Golf course special

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DENVER -- Each week we dig deep into official restaurant health inspections to reveal what's really going on behind closed kitchen doors.

Just in time to hit the links, a special edition of Restaurant Report Card -- exposing the health code violations at some of Colorado's most popular golf clubs.

Eagle's Nest Restaurant at Green Valley Ranch

The Green Valley Ranch Golf Course is a hit with golfers, but the recent health inspection at the club's restaurant might tee you off.

The Eagle's Nest Restaurant gets an "F" on our report card for 11 critical violations in its February 2014 unannounced inspection. The health inspector says the violations included:

  • Mold floating in an olive jar
  • Mushy, slimy substance on thawed frozen vegetables
  • A pan of cut celery was brown and slimy
  • Meatballs covered in a fuzzy, mushy substance
  • Stuffed Chicken breasts were soft and mushy

The inspection report also said an employee was observed handling soiled pans, disposing of rotten food and cleaning portions of the kitchen, and then preparing food without washing hands.

Additionally, an employee washed food in a sink that was soiled with food debris and filled with dirty pans.

Other issues included a pan of sausage and pesto that are supposed to be held at 41 degrees or colder were 69 degrees. Eggs, cheese and potatoes were as warm as 79 degrees.

We wanted to talk to the golf club's general manager, but he sent us this written response: "We have received the health inspection report and are aware of the violations.  We have taken corrective action and resolved the problems."

The Club at Rolling Hills

The Club at Rolling Hills in Golden gets our second "F" this week. The restaurant at the club was cited for 13 critical violations in its July 2013 and January 2014 unannounced inspections.

The mistakes included the following:

  • Fruit flies in several bottles of alcohol
  • All of the food in the salad bar was held at an unsafe temperature
  • The food in the refrigerator was too warm
  • Employees handling ready-to-eat food with bare hands
  • Unapproved insecticide stored in a food prep area
  • Dish machine not sanitizing

We requested an interview with Rolling Hills' general manager. Instead, we received a statement that says in part: "The Club at Rolling Hills did have five violations; however, all of them were very minor. In fact, three of the violations were corrected on the spot while the inspector was at the club ... under a different food and beverage manager, a July routine inspection turned up a few minor violations and four were corrected on the spot while the inspector was there."

The restaurant still had two critical violations in a follow-up inspection in February of this year. Those violations were corrected that same day.

Indian Tree Clubhouse in Arvada

Indian Tree Clubhouse in Arvada gets our "A" of the week for no violations in back-to-back health inspections.

"We just make sure that we keep our standards up every day," says food and beverage manager Brittany Hearing. She gives credit to their high food safety standards to the kitchen staff, which clearly demonstrates the drive ... to get a perfect score card.

How Restaurants Appear on our Report Card

Restaurant Report Card features health inspections in the city and county of Denver, Jefferson County and restaurants under the jurisdiction of the Tri-County Health Department. The Tri-County Health Department includes Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

An inspection is a “snapshot” of what is happening during the day and time of the inspection. On any given day, a restaurant could have more or fewer violations than noted in an inspection. Also, at the time of an inspection, violations are recorded and can be corrected prior to the inspector leaving the restaurant. If violations are not corrected, a follow-up inspection is scheduled.

The criteria FOX31 uses to give a restaurant a failing grade includes the evaluation of two unannounced inspections by county health inspectors. A failing restaurant must have 5 critical violations on their most recent regular inspection and 5 critical violations on the previous regular inspection. Health inspectors may conduct critical or follow-up inspections, due to the number of critical violations found during a regular inspection. Those inspections may also be considered for our reports. We recognize restaurants with two perfect regular inspections in a row by awarding them an A.

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  • Scott

    This was a Tom martino move when he was at channel 4 called “food 4 thought.” People don’t be fooled. She purchases health inspections from the health department and does stand up’s in from of the establishment. Anyone can purchase copies from your local health dept….

    • Kevin Snyder

      Actually, there is no purchase involved. Go to your county’s health department web site and look up the restaurant you want to dine at. So, are you criticizing KDVR for doing just that?

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