Restaurant Report Card: Famous Wok in Aurora, Viva Burrito, McDonald’s

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DENVER -- Famous Wok in Aurora may serve up super-size stir fry, but health officials were concerned about the small, regular and large size cockroaches.

Famous Wok, Aurora

The restaurant located at 14200 East Alameda Avenue earned an “F” on our Restaurant Report Card for 12 critical violations during unannounced inspections in December 2014.

An inspector said, “a small cock roach was … in the sink, a regular sized cockroach was … on the drain…” and “a large cockroach was observed on the wall.”

The inspector also found a can of unapproved roach killer being used, an employee cracking eggs then handling utensils without washing their hands and the kitchen floors, shelves and walls were soiled with debris.

The restaurant did not respond to our requests for an interview, so we went to the restaurant to check it out for ourselves.  An employee told us the manager was there, but then told us he was not available.  Someone who claimed to be the owner told us the violations were corrected. The restaurant passed a follow up inspection on Jan. 8.

Viva Burrito

Viva Burrito on Leetsdale Drive in Denver scored an “F” on our report card for 19 critical violations.  Inspectors found 10 critical violations in December and nine in June 2014.

In December, the inspector “observed an employee handle a ready to eat taco with their bare hands” and “the sanitizing solution bucket measured 0…”

Workers discarded salsa and eggs because the inspector found them at the wrong temperature which can make you sick.  Plus, there was no hot water in the men’s restroom and an employee coughed on clean dishes.

FOX31 Denver’s calls to the restaurant were not returned.  Investigative reporter Heidi Hemmat asked an employee if workers knew not to cough on clean dishes and food. The worker said, “I believe so, yeah.” The restaurant, which is located at 6990 Leetsdale Drive, passed a follow up inspection in January.

McDonald's, 300 Broadway in Denver

The Golden Arches get the gold star. An “A” goes to McDonald's on 300 Broadway in Denver for back-to-back inspections with no critical violations.

Owner Geta Asfaw said, “What’s important to our customers is important to us and we take that very seriously. We always like to hear good news like this and we are very happy.”

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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