Restaurant Report Card: Weak or toxic sanitizer a serious issue for failed locations

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Puerto Rico 5280

A Denver health inspector found nine critical health code issues in June.

The mistakes include:

  • Employee handling raw meat then cooked food
  • Dog in basement
  • Toxic sanitizer

When the restaurant did not return our messages, we stopped for a look.  An employee told us there wasn’t a manager at the restaurant.  5280, located at 3109 North Federal Blvd., passed its follow up.

Sushi Mango

This Highlands Ranch restaurant scored eight critical health code issues in June.  The inspector suggested a lot of food be tossed including vegetables, lobster and shrimp for being held at the wrong temperature.

Sushi Mango

Highlands Ranch location scored "F"

  • Weak sanitizer
  • No hand washing
  • No sickness cleanup plan

We called and sent messages and when no one called us back we are on it and went by.   An employee asked us to leave as soon as we walked in and then someone sent the following text:

“We had a meeting with the staff…the thermostat was broken, and I had it fixed the next day…and making sure daily there is date marking…”

Sushi Mango is on South University Blvd.

High Plains Tap House

Our “A” goes to High Plains for five years of perfect inspections.

High Plains

High Plains Tap House earns "A"

Owner Laura Fleming said, “We know the rules. We know the new regulations that went into effect January 1. But we’ve also known them since we opened day one six years ago. It’s easy if you know the rules and you take pride in your establishment.  My team and I take a lot of pride in making sure the customers feel comfortable in a clean establishment. “

Stop by High Plains at 8176 S. Wadsworth Blvd.

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.

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