Restaurant Report Card: Fork and Spoon needed mop and bucket

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DENVER -- The restaurant called Fork and Spoon needed a mop and bucket according to the health department.

Fork and Spoon

The Denver restaurant earned an “F” on our report card for 11 critical violations in two unannounced inspections in June 2015 and December 2014.

The June inspection said, “…small flies” were in both the bar and kitchen area. In December, the inspector “observed 15-20 mouse droppings … in the kitchen.”

The reports also said an employee was using a soiled apron to wipe his hands and face and handling his cell phone while preparing food. There was dirt, debris and grime covering he kitchen floor.

Our repeated phone calls were not returned so we went to the restaurant for a look.

Owner Leslie Dmytrenko said she is the new owner of the restaurant and they are working hard to clean it up. Dmytrenko said, “We inherited problems, but we are fixing them.” Fork and Spoon, located at 341 East Colfax Avenue passed a follow up inspection in July.

Maloney's Tavern

Maloney’s Tavern is our second “F” of the week with 11 critical violations in June 2015 and July 2014.

The most recent regular inspection said there was “a build-up of pink mold” in the ice machine, several flies “hovering around a pile of soiled towels” and “winged insects” near the back door.

Also, the “investigator observed a hanging sticky trap control device with approximately 50-100 dead flying insects stuck to the control device which was hanging … in the kitchen.”

Maloney’s provided the following statement: “…We value our relationship with the Denver County Health Department to help us maintain a model restaurant environment. We acted immediately and corrected all infractions noted on our latest inspection and are working diligently to improve our ongoing performance…” Maloney’s at 1432 market Street passed a follow up in July.

Jimmy John's in Arvada

The “A” of the week goes to Jimmy John’s in Arvada for no critical violations two inspections in a row. Katrina Flury, the general manager said, “I’m stoked. It’s really cool. I wasn’t expecting that.” Jimmy Johns grade “A” location is 522  Wadsworth Bypass in Arvada.

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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