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Restaurant Report Card: Dozens of dead flies and roaches earn F’s

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DENVER -- Dead flies and dead roaches earn two Denver restaurants a failing grade on this week's Restaurant Report Card.

New York Deli News

Inside New York Deli News Denver Health Inspectors found bad news for customers.  The Denver deli failed our report card with 14 critical health code violations in its October and April inspections.   In April, an inspector “Observed two fly strips … each covered with approximately 30-40 dead flies. One fly strip was directly above the food preparation sink.” The October report said the sanitizer had no chlorine, hot dogs were thrown out because they were being held at the wrong temperature and  the ceiling and vents had a built up of food debris and grease.  The owner provided a statement that said in part:  “After our poor inspection report, immediate steps were taken to correct all violations.

Employees were then educated on those violations and taught the proper procedures…our follow up inspection were in compliance…”  New York Deli News is located at 7105 East Hampden Avenue.

Spicy Thai

Spicy Thai in Denver earned an “F” on our report card with 12 critical violations in October and April.

A health inspector ordered the facility “to remove all evidence of pests…” after finding 40 to 50 dead roaches.  The reports also said raw chicken was in a bus tub and ribs were in a cardboard box stored on the floor.  Inspectors said the food contact surfaces were not properly cleaned and the dish washer was not sanitizing. The Health Department ordered the staff to deep clean the facility or face closure. Our calls to the owner were not returned so we dropped by for a first-hand look.  An employee said the violations have been corrected and they have a pest service come in every month. Spicy Thai passed a follow up inspection in October.   Spicy Thai can be found at 4101 East Evans Avenue.

Makan Malaysian Café

And the “A” goes to Makan Malaysian Café in Denver for back to back perfect inspections with no critical violations.   Makan is located at 1859 South Pearl Street.

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.

Contact 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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