Flies, spiders lead to Restaurant Report Card ‘F’

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DENVER — We dig deep each week to see how metro Denver restaurants are doing on their health inspections.

Donut House

The Aurora doughnut maker failed the Restaurant Report Card with 13 critical violations found in February and February 2016.

The critical violations included:

  • Dead flies in light fixtures above sink
  • Spider webs in several areas
  • Employees not washing hands
  • No test strips to check chlorine levels

The manager hung up when contacted. The same manager asked FOX31 to leave after showing up at the business.

Donut House, which is at 360 S. Chambers Road in Aurora, passed its follow-up inspection.

Pho Le 2

A Tri County Health inspector cited the Asian restaurant for 16 critical violations in February and October. In February the critical mistakes included:

  • Roaches: dead and alive
  • Moldy cucumbers
  • Employees were not sanitizing dishes
  • Food thawing at room temperature

“Every day cleaning up before closing and all that just on a regular basis and keeping everything good,” the restaurant said in a statement.

An inspector saw additional roaches in February, but found proof of extermination.

Pho Lee 2 in Aurora is on South Parker Road.

Le Peep

The “A” goes to Le Peep in Littleton for perfect back-to-back health inspections.

General manager Brandon Morrison said they go by the rules.

“So we have to follow a strict set of standards set by our corporate office we practice it every day,” Morrison said. “We believe in if we are successful today, because of what we did yesterday.”

Le Peep is at 8055 W Bowles Ave. in Littleton.

How restaurants appear on our Report Card

Restaurant Report Card airs on FOX31 News at 9 p.m. each Thursday and Channel 2 News at 4 p.m. each Friday. 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.

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 used 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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