Restaurant Report Card: Failure to wash produce results in ‘Fs’

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DENVER -- City O’City failed our Restaurant Report Card with 11 critical violations in its October unannounced inspection.

City O'City

The Denver restaurant scored an “F” for “150 to 200 rodent droppings on the floor …” and “25-50 rodent droppings … beneath the basement stairs.”

The report also said produce was not washed prior to use. The health inspector found there was no hot water in a hand sink and areas in the kitchen were soiled with grime and black dirt.

City O’City provided this statement: "We take our health inspections very seriously, as it appears FOX31 does as well. We greatly value the role of the Health Department, and have been working with them closely and diligently to correct the violations … as of our re-inspection on 11/30, we have been cleared of all violations."

The restaurant is located at 206 East 13th Avenue.

Hodsons Bar and Grill

Hodsons Bar and Grill at 999 18th Street in Denver earned an “F” on our report card.

The restaurant, which has recently changed its name to “Urban Roadhouse” was cited for 14 critical violations in its October inspections. The violations include a box of rotten potatoes with a “strong unpleasant smell.”

The inspector said produce was not being washed prior to use and a food handler was observed wiping his hands on a soiled towel. The report said there was an excessive build up of “dust, dirt and food debris” in several areas throughout the facility.

The restaurant manager sent an email that said in part, “… we take great pride in the cleanliness of our kitchen and the safety and quality of our food, so in addition to the violations being corrected that day, we took extra steps to ensure we will be in compliance going forward …”

Jimmy Johns West Alameda in Lakewood

The “A” of the week goes to Jimmy Johns in Lakewood for two inspections in a row with no critical violations. The sub haven is located at 7850 West Alameda.

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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