Restaurant Report Card: Food at unsafe temperatures leads to ‘F’ for one Denver restaurant

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DENVER -- The restaurant is called Breakfast Paradise, but their recent health inspections are not paradise on a plate.

Breakfast Paradise

The Denver restaurant failed our Restaurant Report Card with 13 critical health code violations during unannounced inspections in April 2015 and December 2014.

In April, an inspector found a can of ant and roach killer that is not supposed to be used in restaurants. Also, an “Investigator observed an employee wearing gloves, crack raw shell eggs into a bowl, mix the eggs … touch utensils ... place tortillas from the flat top into a plate for customer ... without removing gloves or washing hands.”

In December the inspector found 20-30 rodent droppings on the floor on the cook line.

We requested an interview with the owner, but did not hear back so we stopped by and spoke to the manager who answered “Yeah” when asked if they had fixed all the violations. Paradise passed a follow up inspection in May. The restaurant is located at 2150 West Alameda Avenue.

Benny's Cantina

Benny’s Cantina on East 7th Avenue also scored an “F” on our report card. An inspector cited 10 critical violations during an unannounced inspection in June.

The Capitol Hill eatery was cited because an inspector watched a hostess wash her “leg wound” in the hand sink, an employee failed to wash produce and the sanitizer solution contained no chlorine.

Employees tossed 20 gallons of pork, as well as raw chicken, cheese and lettuce in the dumpster after an inspector found they were being held at unsafe temperatures which can make you sick.

Carlos Garcia told us he is the new manager of the restaurant and the problems were corrected. Benny’s passed a follow up inspection in June.

The Human Bean

The Human Bean in LaSalle, Colorado scored an “A” for bein’ so clean. Manager Jane Griffin said, “I feel like we have a great staff that works really hard. It feels awesome and hopefully our customers know they are coming to somewhere that’s super clean and we try really hard to make sure we are doing a really good job for them.”   The restaurant had no critical violations in its last two unannounced inspections.

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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