Restaurant Report Card: Food safety classes, certified manager needed at failed locations

Each week, FOX31 and Channel 2 report on recent health inspections for restaurants in the Denver area. The week's Restaurant Report Card features three restaurants: two in Denver and one in Lakewood.

French Press Café and Bakery

The Lakewood location failed with eight health code violations in March. The mistakes include:

  • No food manager on site
  • Bare hand use
  • Heavy mold on the soda gun
  • Floors were not clean

French Press sent the following comment:

“All violations were corrected on the follow up inspection.  Management wasn’t up to speed on a lot of new policies that changed for 2019, this was our first inspection year to date, so we were caught off guard a little bit.  Our people are only human, and mistakes do happen. All the proper procedures are in place now and we’ll be ready come our next inspection.”

The Lakewood location is at 7323 West Alaska Drive.

Mt. Fuji

The hibachi and sushi bar in Denver's Capitol Hill neighborhood scored 12 critical issues in February.

Fox31 looking for answers at Mt Fuji in Denver

FOX31's Erika Gonzalez looking for answers

The issues include:

  • Entire staff needs food safety classes
  • Staff was not washing vegetables
  • Flies
  • Rodent droppings

We tried calling, emailing and sending messages, but did not hear back, so we stopped by the restaurant. FOX31's Erika Gonzalez asked a worker if there was a food safety manager at the restaurant.

“They are not here right now. They’re not usually here during lunch time," an employee said.

"Because you know you are supposed to have one. It’s a health code now, you must have a food safety manager," Gonzalez said.

“Usually, she’s in and out, be she’s not here right now," the employee said.

Mt. Fuji, which is located at 601 North Grant Street, passed its follow-up inspection in March.

Subway (4100 East Colfax Avenue location)

They promise fresh and fabulous, and you’ll also find high food safety standards at the Subway at 4100 East Colfax Avenue in Denver. The sandwich shop scored two perfect inspections in a row.

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 eight 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.

Denver County

Tri-County Health Department

Jefferson County

Weld County

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