Restaurant Report Card: Highlands Ranch Le Peep, Panda Buffet, Country Road Café

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DENVER -- A popular breakfast place called Le Peep was cited by health inspectors for le poop and le pooch.

Le Peep - Highlands Ranch

The Highlands Ranch location earned an “F” on the Restaurant Report Card for 15 critical health code violations in two recent inspections in November and October.

During the November inspection a health expert said, “Rodent droppings were present underneath the espresso bar hand sink.”  In October, an inspector found “A nonservice animal (dog) was present in the dining room.”

The reports also said, an employee was observed handling the trash can then clean dishes without washing their hands.

Inspectors also found cross contamination during both inspections in which raw meat was stored above cooked food.

The restaurant owner refused to do an interview, so we stopped at the restaurant to take a look, but an employee stopped us at the front door. The employee told us all violations have been corrected, before she locked us out.  Le Peep of Highlands Ranch is located at 7156 East County Line Road.

Panda Buffet

Panda Buffet in Westminster scored an “F” on the report card for 14 critical health code violations in its September and June inspections.

The inspector said, “A fly strip without a catch device was stored above the prep table…”

In September, the health expert also said, “Raw bacon was stored above ready to eat foods…” Several items including milk, raw oysters, raw shrimp, raw chicken and egg salad were being held at too warm of temperature which can cause food poisoning.

The inspector said that food management failed to have a working knowledge of proper food temperatures for holding and storage.

The owner told us on the phone that all the violations have been corrected.  Panda Buffett at 8460 Federal Boulevard passed a follow up inspection on September 22.

Country Road Café

The “A” goes to Country Road Café in Evergreen for no critical violations in back to back inspections.

How restaurants appear on our Report Card

Restaurant Report Card airs on FOX31 Denver News at 9 each Thursday night and it 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.

HEIDI HEMMATAn 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 Denver 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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