Restaurant Report Card: Tuk Tuk, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Baskin Robbins

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DENVER -- A Westminster restaurant fails Restaurant Report Card for what was found dead near a food prep area, the Crowne Plaza Hotel gets dinged for flies and our "A" goes to a Baskin Robbins

Tuk Tuk

Tuk Tuk located at 10667 Westminster Boulevard earned an “F” on our report card for 11 critical health code violations found in its March 2014 and September 2013 unannounced health inspections.

In March, health inspectors cited the eatery for “dead cockroaches near and on water heater by prep area.” Also in March, inspectors found “cans of Raid and roach bait on storage shelf by prep sink” and the “hand sink is (was) inaccessible.”

A Jefferson County Health Inspector also said the restaurant’s sanitizer was not strong enough and was “dirty” plus non food contact surfaces including the “walls and ceiling of walk in cooler were dirty.”

We asked to speak to Tuk Tuk’s owner, but received the following statement instead: “Roach problems are in many businesses because it gets transported through food vendors from their warehouses and then spread within the restaurant. We are trying aggressively with Terminix to eliminate the problem.“

Tuk Tuk passed a follow up inspection in May.

 Crowne Plaza Hotel

The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Denver earned our second “F” of the week with 17 critical violations in its February 2014 and July 2013 unannounced inspections.

In February, an inspector saw a “bartender touch her hair and eye glasses, then proceed to scoop ice for customer beverages without washing hands.” Also, an employee’s partially eaten muffin was in direct contact with clean dishes.

During last year’s unannounced inspection, a Denver health expert found “small winged flies in the bar around the beer tap.”

The Hotel’s general manager refused to do an interview and sent us the following response: “All of the issues identified in the inspection report have been corrected and appropriate steps have been taken to assure the situation does not happen again.”

Baskin Robbins

The “A” of the week goes to Baskin Robbins in Wheat Ridge for back to back perfect inspections.

Alison Thomas, owner said, “It’s a lot of cleaning but we have a good staff here. I have a lot of people who’ve been with me several years already and we all kind of take ownership of it.”

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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  • Anonymous

    The footage showed the baskin robbins lady with a wrist watch on…that is a HD violation. It’s troubling how items are overlooked at some places, yet others are heavily scrutinized. Two “perfect” inspections to get an “A” on the report card…sounds like the inspector needs to be investigated. Maybe Heidi should do a report on the inspectors. Just saying. A health department visit is unnerving enough, we don’t need reporters making it worse.

  • Anonymous

    I worked at the Crowne Plaza….the so called “Chef” has continuously failed health inspections….and they do nothing to get rid of him…because of his low pay…it’s all about numbers. THE KITCHEN IS FILTHY…they scramble when the health inspector has arrived at the front door, it’s a shame he couldn’t come in the back entrance, he would close the place down. ITS DEPLORABLE.

  • jmajorfamily

    Love my 31-Flavors! Baskin Robbins is what I grew up on at the Corp. Office in
    Burbank – Toluca Lake!
    The store in Wheatridge have good service and we take the family there…was sad when they closed the one on Conifer…

  • Anonymous

    Colorado needs to do what Alabama does. Food Service establishments must post their Health Dept inspection results. the result also show the grade in large bold red letters

  • Jen

    I have to know what the “PASSING GRADE” was for TUK TUK? Did they pass because they got a D this time?! What is passing??

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