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Restaurant Report Card: Fortune Kitchen fails again

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DENVER -- Fortune Kitchen has the bad fortune of failing restaurant report card for the second time.

Fortune Kitchen

The restaurant located at 12120 E. Mississippi Ave. in Aurora was cited with critical health code violations in October 2015 and January 2016 inspections, including:

  • Live and dead cockroaches
  • An employee on the cook line touching their mouth and cellphone
  • A bag of cabbage stored on the floor
  • No soap in the restroom
  • Cooking equipment that was heavily soiled with grease and food debris

Fortune Kitchen’s general manager provided a statement: “We treated the issues from health inspection seriously and took immediate actions by implementing weekly detailed cleaning and pest control, there was no violations during the follow up inspection.”

French Press

French Press, at 15290 E. Iliff Ave. in Aurora, is our second "F" this week. It had 13 critical health code violations in September 2015 and January 2016 inspections:

  • Fly strip heavily soiled with dead flies
  • An employee handling raw eggs then cleaning plates without washing hands
  • Turkey, ham, sliced cheese and pancake batter held at unsafe temperatures that can make customers sick

The French Press said in a statement: “It is regrettable that we did have the number of critical violations that we did in our last health inspection. I think a lot of it is due to employee training and employee knowledge. All of our employees have since been through the class provided by Tri-County Health.”

Coffee Cabin

Coffee Cabin, 6481 E. Ponderosa Drive in Parker, earns an A for back-to-back perfect inspections.

“This is an extension of my home, if you will, and my customers are all my best friends — like family,” owner Wesley Crespi said. “I want everyone to know that this is a clean, safe environment and that’s important to me.”

How restaurants appear on our Report Card

Restaurant Report Card airs on FOX31 Denver News at 9 p.m. each Friday and 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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