Restaurant Report Card: Dead rodents at Greenwood Village restaurant catch inspectors’ attention

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DENVER -- An Asian Restaurant called Min-J had health inspectors concerned about mini-mouse.

Min-J Asian Cuisine

Min-J Asian Cuisine in Greenwood Village earned an “F” on Restaurant Report Card for 17 critical violations in its two most recent unannounced health inspections in February 2015 and November 2014.

In February, a health expert said “hot and cold water were not provided in the kitchen … sink” and “soap was not provided at the … sink.”

Dumplings and Pork were held at unsafe temperatures and that can make you sick.

The violations in February included “dead rodents and rodent droppings … in storage.

Min J’s owner refused to comment, so we stopped at the restaurant for a look. FOX31 Denver’s Heidi Hemmat asked, "Did you want to say anything about the 17 critical violations?" The owner said, “No nothing. This is disrespecting and I refuse to talk to talk to you. Please leave.” Hemmat replied, “Okay. Thank you.” The owner said, “Right now.” Min J Asian Cuisine is located at 6585 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard.

Carmines Pizza & Pasta

Carmines Pizza & Pasta scored an “F” with 11 critical violations in February 2015 and November 2014 unannounced inspections.

In February, an inspector said, “An employee was observed wiping their face and then handled the clean mixing bowl without washing their hands…”

The Lone Tree restaurant was also cited for flies throughout the facility, onions on the floor and the interior of the ice bin was moldy.

Carmines provide a statement that said in part, “Food safety, cleanliness and food quality is a priority to us. After being made aware of the problems, we worked quickly to resolve the issues within a week and retrained staff as necessary." Carmines, located at 9500 Heritage Hill Circle in Lone Tree passed a follow-up inspection in February.

Dry Dock Brewery

The “A” goes to Dry Dock Brewery in Aurora for back-to-back perfect inspections.

Tim Evon, head brewer with Dry Dock said, “It’s essential that we are cleaning constantly, that we are sanitizing constantly…” Evon said the perfect brew requires attention to detail. Evon added, “Even a speck of grain on the ground, I’m not going to tolerate it.” It’s a good reason to wet your whistle at Dry Dock on East Hampden.

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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