‘Mama Mias’! Mouse feces near pizza dough earn F on Restaurant Report Card

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Note: This article was updated on April 8, 2016 with a report from Mama Mias.

ENGELWOOD, Colo. -- Mouse feces found in unannounced inspections and unsafe temperatures for food lead to two Fs on this week's Restaurant Report Card.

Mama Mias

This Englewood restaurant scored an F on Restaurant Report Card with 14 critical violations in its last two unannounced inspections in January.  The report said, “Rodent droppings were present on food contact surfaces of the pizza dough flattening machine” and “rodent droppings were present on the shelves storing pizza cooking pans.”   The inspector also said, “An employee on the cook line was blowing into gloves prior to donning them.”  There were no soap at the kitchen hand sink and the walls and floors were covered with dirty and food debris.

Our calls were not returned, so we stopped by:

Heidi: “My name is Heidi Hemmat from Fox 31.”

Employee: “You can’t make a video so…”

Heidi: “I wanted to ask you about the mouse poop in the dough …do you still have mouse feces?”

Employee:  “No. You can step out?

Heidi: “In the pizza dough flattener?”

Employee:  “I’m going to call the cops.”

Heidi: “You don’t have anything to say then?”

Employee: “No.”

Mama Mia, which is located at 3531 South Logan Street, passed a follow up inspection in January.

Update (4/8/2016): A representative of Mama Mias sent FOX31 Denver a copy of a Follow Up Inspection Report, and you can read it here.

 McCormick’s Fish House

A Denver inspector cited the restaurant for 10 critical violations in its February unannounced inspection.  The violations include an employee touching ready to eat bacon strips and the only hand sink in the kitchen was block by a trash can and oil filter box.

Green chili, potatoes, ham and milk were held at unsafe temperatures which can make cause food poisoning.

The report said there was old food debris in the meat slicer and orange slices, empty bottles and bottle tops on the floor.

McCormicks sent a statement that said in part,

“While all noted violations were fixed on the spot, and we received a passing inspection, we regret the violations occurred and are better than the performance of our staff suggests.  Appropriate disciplinary action has been taken, and a corporate chef was dispatched to the unit to reinforce training….”

McCormicks is located at 1600 17th Street.


For the second time, The “A” goes to EverBean in Evergreen for no critical violations in back-to-back inspections.  The coffee haven scored an “A” on our report card last April.  Owner Chery Pankonien said, “The biggest key is hiring the right staff. The staff I hired, they are wonderful. They work hard. They care about what they do and they know it takes a team to do all of this.”

EverBean is located by the lake at 29003 Upper Bear Creek Road.

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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