Restaurant Report Card F’s for Bacon Social House, Yard House in Lone Tree

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DENVER -- The restaurant is called Bacon, but knowing what inspectors found could save your own bacon.

Bacon Social House

The Denver restaurant failed our report card with 13 critical health code violations in its June and December unannounced inspections. The violations include:

  • Moldy cheese
  • An employee was eating while preparing food
  • The bartender and cook both touched food with their bare hands
  • Facility was smoking meat behind the restaurant

"Health codes and sanitation are always a high priority, but sometimes we miss something and that's why the health department exists ... to help make restaurant operations better.  We appreciate the guidance they've provided us and also appreciate FOX31 acknowledging the passing on the follow up visit," Bacon Social House said in a statement.

Bacon Social House, which is located at 2434 W. 44th Ave., passed its return inspection and no longer fires up the outside smoker.

Yard House at Park Meadows Mall

Yard House at Park Meadows Mall earned an “F” for 12 critical violations in its surprise inspections in May and August 2015. Inspectors cited the Lone Tree restaurant for mistakes including:

  • Employees in the kitchen putting on gloves without washing hands
  • Employees handling food with their bare hands
  • The dish machine did not sanitize
  • Sink on cook line blocked by rack

Yard House’s public relations firm sent a statement.

“The health and safety of our guests and associates is our top priority and we are taking the results of the Lone Tree inspection very seriously. First, because of our incredibly high standards were not upheld, we made management changes at both the local and regional levels in order to bring in new café leadership. Second, the new management and staff conducted a thorough cleaning of the café and also contracted a third party company to conduct an assessment to make further recommendations that are above and beyond the industry standards. Third, all associates and mangers will have completed a full retraining of health and food safety standards by July 29, which is being conducted by a third party health and safety expert and is in addition to the retraining already conducted by the health department. We have taken this opportunity to bring the best training and processes, exceeding local standards and are confident that the actions we are taking in Lone Tree will ensure that a similar situation never reoccurs."

Red Lobster

The “A” goes to Red Lobster in Wheat Ridge for no critical violations. The restaurant was first featured in 2014 and has yet to receive a critical violation. This seafood sensation is located at 4455 Wadsworth Blvd.

How restaurants appear on our Report Card

Restaurant Report Card airs on FOX31 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.

An 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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