Restaurants that can’t demonstrate food safety get ‘Fs’

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DENVER — The FOX31 Problem Solvers dig deep each week to see how metro Denver restaurants are doing on their health inspections.

Undici Ristorante

The Englewood restaurant failed the report card with 10 critical health code violations. The mistakes in April included:

  • Staff could not demonstrate food safety
  • Employee used spoon to eat then used spoon on cook line
  • Worker handled dirty dishes then cleaned dishes without washing hands
  • Grease and food debris

"None of the alleged violations had anything to do with food safety or the safety of our customers," owner Alex Kallas said in a statement. "The safety of our customers is our primary concern. Everything was 'corrected' before the inspector left. Any one of our customers is welcome into the kitchen at any time."

Inspection records show Undici passed its follow-up report a week after the violations were found. This is the second time this location has failed the reports.

The restaurant is located at 1200 E. Hampden Ave.

Parker Garage

A Tri County inspector cited the restaurant for nine critical violations in May.

Among the issues:

  • Various species raw meat for sale unapproved source
  • Raw fish stored above ready to eat food
  • Employee touching butter with bare hands
  • Dish machine was not sanitizing

"(The chef) and I have long respected and continue to diligently train and supervise our 35 person Parker Garage staff to meet and exceed all the food and beverage preparation, serving, and sanitation standards," co-owner and general manager Brent Walker said in a statement.

"We have passed regular inspections conducted by four different Restaurant Inspectors of Tri-County Health Department, since Parker Garage opened in 2014."

Parker Garage is on Main Street in Parker.

Arby’s on Sheridan Boulevard

The “A” goes to Arby’s on Sheridan Boulevard for the second time.  Regional director Deb Kendall said it’s all about team work.

“It’s about everybody on the team participating and we have a very strict regimen of an hourly cleaning process as well as a four-hour cleaning process," he said.

"It’s hard, but everybody pitches in and makes it happen. We were really excited because it’s our second year in a row to be selected for this honor.”

How restaurants appear on our Report Card

Restaurant Report Card features health inspections in the city and county of Denver, Jefferson County, Weld County, Broomfield 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 or four critical violations on their most recent regular inspection and five or four critical violations on the previous regular inspection. The restaurant may also fail for nine or 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 regular inspections in a row, with no critical violations, by awarding them an A.

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