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801 Chophouse in Denver fails for multiple violations

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801 Chophouse

The Denver steakhouse scored an “F” on our Restaurant Report Card with 11 critical health code violations in its August inspection.

The critical mistakes include:

  • Numerous cooks touching their hair and soiled items without washing their hands
  • Three buckets of sanitizing solution measured zero for sanitizer
  • Water at the hand sink was not hot enough

The restaurant’s general manger, Mary Scribner, said in part, “all of the chefs had a meeting … regarding the steps needed to be taken in order to be in compliance. We corrected all items immediately and there was a re-inspection. We received zero violations on that inspection."

The restaurant is located at 3000 E. First Ave. in Denver.

Cold Crush

The Denver bar and restaurant earned an “F” with 13 critical violations in its August and March unannounced inspections.

Investigators shut down a food truck the restaurant was serving out of on Larimer Street.

The health inspector saw an employee stocking the trailer and ordered a cease and desist until the owner can prove the truck is licensed.

Inside the restaurant some of the violations marked include:

  • Rodent droppings
  • An employee was “digging through the garnishes” and prepping drinks with her bare hands
  • Hot water was not hot enough in the restroom

Our calls were not returned so we stopped in for a look.

Erika Gonzalez asked, “I wondered if you guys had done anything to correct the issues the inspector found?”

An employee said, “If you look where you found the original, the updated one, excuse me, is online as well.”

The restaurant’s follow-up inspection noted operators conducted “a deep cleaning of the entire facility.” Cold Crush is located at 2700 Larimer St. in Denver.

Bean Machine

The “A” goes to the Bean Machine a coffee and smoothie sensation on wheels.

Owner Erika Hildner said, “It works being this small. Definitely being on top of cleaning is a big deal. It’s not that hard if you keep up with it.”

We caught up with the Bean Machine at Civic Center Eats in Denver.

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. The restaurant may also fail for ten or more violations in one 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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