Restaurant Report Card: The ViewHouse, Venice Restaurant, Sweet Action Ice Cream

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DENVER -- The restaurant is famous for its city view, but Tri-County’s Health Department was concerned by what they found inside the restaurant.

The ViewHouse - Centennial

The ViewHouse in Centennial scored an “F” on our report card for 20 critical health code violations in its January 2015 and October 2014 unannounced inspections.

In January, an inspector found “multiple bottles of liquor in both bars had fruit flies.” Also, “An employee in the pizza prep area was observed changing gloves without washing their hands” and “another employee in the grill area was observed wiping their hands on their pants.”

Both inspections included food temperature violations which can make you sick.

The ViewHouse provided this statement: "The ViewHouse management was made aware of the specific issues during the inspection and took immediate action to resolve each one.  We consistently work with the inspectors to ensure that all standards are met."

Inspectors were back at the restaurant February 10 and found one critical violation. The ViewHouse is located at 7101 South Clinton Street.

Venice Restaurant

Venice Restaurant gets an “F” for 16 critical violations during January 2015 and October 2014 inspections.

In January, an inspector marked a critical violation for moldy zucchini and feta cheese. The report said, “Raw chicken was stored above raw lamb racks” and “an employee was observed eating in the salad prep area.”

There was no hot water in the cook line hand sink or the women’s restroom.

Chef Gabriel Aragon said, “I take full responsibility for this and I’m going to do everything I can to make sure it doesn’t happen again.” Aragon said they have renovated the kitchen, are working with the health department to re-train their staff and they are taking this very seriously. Aragon said, “This isn’t just a job, this is our family, this is us, we’ve been together for a very long time.”

The restaurant, located on Holly Street in Greenwood Village, passed a follow up inspection February 18 with no violations.

Sweet Action Ice Cream

An “A” goes to Sweet Action Ice Cream on Broadway in Denver for no critical violations in back-to-back unannounced inspections. Owner Chia Basinger said, “We have been in the food service industry for a long time, so we know how important it is to keep a restaurant clean.” Basinger said food safety is a top priority so it is no wonder they are scooping the competition in cleanliness.

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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