Restaurant Report Card: The Kitchen in Greeley, Viewhouse in Lodo, Berry Blendz

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DENVER -- If you can’t take the heat from health inspectors, you may want to stay out of “The Kitchen” restaurant in Greeley.

The Kitchen

The restaurant, located at 905 16th Street, fails our Restaurant Report Card for 13 critical health code violations in its unannounced inspections in November of 2013 and May of 2014, including:

  • A dead mouse under the refrigerator
  • A bag of onions sitting on a floor were mouse dropping were discovered
  • Unapproved mouse killer
  • Food prep employee was observed touching his clothing while wearing gloves

In response to the health code violations, “The Kitchen’s” owner provided a statement that says in part: “We take the quality and safety of our products very seriously.  Our critical violations … we take them all just as seriously as any and take action to correct them immediately.”

Viewhouse

Our second "F" this week goes to, “Viewhouse" at 2015 Market Street, in Lodo. It was cited for 16 critical violations in May and in a follow up inspection in September.

Among the violations:

  • A bartender was observed touching money, her hair and then touching ready to eat food with her bare hands
  • The chef was using a very soiled towel to wipe the cutting board
  • Employees failed to demonstrate knowledge of proper hand washing, personal cleanliness and glove use
  • There were 300 fruit flies
  • 60 house flies
  • Dead moths in bowls.

General Manager Brad Manske told Investigative Reporter Heidi Hemmat the restaurant has “addressed” the insect problem, and he said, “We identified the problems that (the health inspectors) saw and we worked and rectified those problems right on site with them. So all of the violations were solved before they left.”

Berry Blendz

Our A of the week goes to “Berry Blendz” at 1180 Main Street in Windsor for no critical violations in its last two inspections.

Manager Amanda Carlton said, “It’s the most organized place that I’ve ever worked for. There are a lot of places where they don’t seem to care as much, but here it’s really easy because they do care.”

How restaurants appear on our Report Card

HEIDI HEMMATRestaurant Report Card features health inspections in the city and county of Denver, Jefferson County, Weld 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 five critical violations on their most recent regular inspection and five 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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