Food held at wrong temperatures lead to Restaurant Report Card ‘F’s’

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DENVER — Every week, FOX31 looks at health inspections at restaurants in metro Denver and along the Front Range.

Tom's Diner

The Denver restaurant fails the report card with 11 critical health code violations during an inspection in July.

The issues included:

  • Cockroaches and flies
  • Lack of food safety knowledge
  • Green chile, potatoes, salsa, tuna, ham, roast beef held at wrong temperature

The manager didn't want to talk about the violations on the phone and and employee wouldn't give a comment.

Tom's Diner is at 601 E. Colfax Ave.

Goody's Eatery

Tri-County health inspectors found nine critical violations in July at the Westminster restaurant.

The problems included:

  • Several live flies
  • Cheeses, ham, sausage and beef held too warm
  • Employee handled raw bacon then continued touching clean equipment
  • Worker wiping hands on common towel

"The most serious of our violations was due to a refrigeration equipment failure that occurred overnight the evening prior to our inspection," the owner said in an email.

"Although our service technician was already en route to our location at the time of the inspection and had our equipment fixed within hours, we voluntarily disposed of all meat, dairy and prepared product in due diligence to the safety of our customers."

The restaurant is at 3010 W. 72nd Ave.

Olive Garden -- Lakewood

The "A" of the week goes to a repeat winner: Olive Garden in Lakewood for no critical violations in three unannounced inspections in a row.

This Olive Garden restaurant is at 7655 W. Alameda Ave.

How restaurants appear on the 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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