Restaurant Report Card: Unidentified grey specks in ice cubes

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DENVER --  This week's Restaurant Report Card visits restaurants in Denver where chicken was thawing at room temperature on a floor and unidentified grey specks were found in ice cubes.

Jade Garden

Jade Garden earned an “F” on Restaurant Report Card with 12 critical violations in its May 2015 and April 2014 surprise inspections. In May, Tri County Health inspectors found “Rodent droppings were present on the cardboard boxes…in the dry storeroom.” The inspector also noted “Chicken was thawing at room temperature while sitting on the floor outside of…freezer.” Additional violations include: fruit flies in the alcohol, boxes of food and bags of cabbage were stored on the floor and there was no soap in the men’s restroom. A woman who identified herself as the owner said the restaurant is always clean. Jade Garden at 5120 East Arapahoe Road passed a follow up inspection in May.

NY Pizza Pub

The NY Pizza Pub scored an “F” with 11 critical violations during its last two unannounced inspections in May of 2015 and November of 2014. The violations include ice cubes with unidentified grey colored specks in them, no hot water in the men’s restroom or the bar and bowtie pasta, eggplant and chicken parmesan were held at unsafe temperatures which can cause food poisoning. NY Pizza said, “All infractions from past health inspections have been addressed and corrected.” The pizza pub is located at 4340 West 35th avenue in Denver.

La Casa Del Burrito

The “A” goes to La Casa Del Burrito in Broomfield for back to back perfect inspections. The owner’s nephew Erik Ordonez said, “We wouldn’t really want to go to a restaurant that’s not clean.” Ordonez said his Aunt runs a tight ship and they’re proud to be recognized on Restaurant Report Card with a perfect score. Ordonez said, “I’ve always been the kind of kid who is excited about A’s, so this is kind of exciting also.” La Casa Del Burrito can be found at 1384 US 287 in Broomfield.

How restaurants appear on our Report Card

Restaurant Report Card airs on FOX31 Denver News at 9 each Friday 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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