Fly strips with no catch basins problem for restaurant getting Report Card ‘F’

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

Wishbone Family Restaurant

The Westminster location failed the report with 11 critical health code violations in July.

The issues included:

  • Four fly strips without catch basins
  • Worker blew into glove
  • Employee handled dirty dishes, then clean dishes without washing hands
  • Employees washing hands for less than 20 seconds

“We have been in business for 54 years and we take the health and safety of our customers very seriously,” owners Jolynn and Mark Lochi said. “In working closely with the health department, all health violations have been corrected.”

Wishbone is at 9701 Federal Blvd. in Westminster.

Black Eyed Pea — South Broadway in Englewood

The Englewood location failed the report with nine critical health-code violations in July. The mistakes included:

  • Raw pot roast stored over lettuce
  • Raw chicken, cheeses and dressings were stored in too warm of temperatures
  • Employee used towel to wipe hands

“We take the health and welfare of our guests and staff very seriously,” restaurant operations director Alex Castillo said. “Our team, including management, kitchen and front-of-house staff has been working diligently with the Tri-County Health Department to ensure that we are following proper procedures.

“We have ongoing training programs in place for our managers and staff and will continue to work diligently to prevent any similar incidents in the future.”

Black Eyed Pea is on South Broadway in Englewood.

Firehouse Subs — Centennial

Our “A” goes to Firehouse Subs in Centennial for two inspections without critical violations.

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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