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  • Restaurant Report Card: No certified food manager, lack of training among problems at local spots

    DENVER — Each week, the FOX31 Problem Solvers look at food inspection reports in the Denver area. Below are two restaurants that were cited for a number of problems and one restaurant that performed well during inspections. Oskar Blues Brewery Denver inspectors cited the brewery on the 16th Street Mall for 11 critical health code violations in January. Violations included: An inspector ordered training for workers and management when no one could answer questions about food safety. No soap at […]

  • Restaurant Report Card: A look at Tri-County Health’s most-fined restaurants

    ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — Tri-County Health Department food inspectors site restaurants for repeat health code violations at locations in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties. Below, we feature Tri-County’s most-fined locations in 2018. Los Arcos Express Inspectors cited the Federal Heights location for $1,750 in repeat violations. Health department pictures show a variety of food being held at the wrong temperature. The photographs show the food items were thrown in a dumpster and destroyed with bleach. Other pictures show: Ground beef […]

  • Denver police encourage residents to report broken street lights

    DENVER — Denver police are hoping to shine more light on the importance of reporting street lights that are not functioning. “It’s been statistically proven that lighting is the number-one deterrent to criminal activity,” said Denver Community Resource Officer Robert Gibbs. Lighting also helps with security systems that require light to be effective. Gibbs said DPD is encouraging people to leave exterior lights on at night, including: porch lights, driveway lights, backyard lights and garage lights. Xcel Energy maintains 55,000 […]

  • Restaurant Report Card: Health department fines for repeat violations at Denver restaurants

    Nearly every week, Denver food investigators send citations to restaurants for repeat health code violations. Denver Environmental Health released the top fined locations for last year and some are repeat offenders are on our Restaurant Report Card. Zaidy’s Deli Inspectors fined the deli in Cherry Creek $6,250 for violations last year. Health department photographs show the following: Live and dead cockroaches Boxes blocking the hand sink Unlabeled cleaning products Employee drinks next to customer food The restaurant’s owner sent the […]

  • New food code strives to better protect public from food poisoning

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Colorado restaurants are being held to a higher standard after changes to the state’s food rules and regulations. Last year,salmonella outbreaks sickened dozens of people at restaurants across Denver metro counties prompting Colorado’s Board of Health to adopt changes. Maria Montes says her daughter came painfully close to dying from salmonella poisoning.  “She went through so much. We were so scared at that point,” Montes said. Her 10-year-old daughter was sickened in one of Weld Counties worst cases […]

  • Denver Police officer suspended for discharging gun instead of turning on flashlight

    Denver — A Denver Police officer faces a 10-day suspension for accidentally firing his weapon nearly striking a suspect. Officer Asher Rose’ partner’s camera captured the moment when he accidentally pulled the trigger of his gun while trying to turn on the firearm’s flashlight. Officer Rose’ police disciplinary letter states he put an unarmed man “at serious risk of bodily injury or death.” Rose was responding to a Dec. 15, 2017 call about an “intoxicated individual attempting to stop traffic […]

  • Restaurant Report Card: Upscale metro Denver restaurants fail health code inspections

    The Palate Food and Wine Bar The Greenwood Village restaurant failed our report card with 12 health code violations on Nov. 29, 2018. The issues include: Dead and live mussels were stored together Garlic-and-oil mixture was thrown out because it was held wrong temperature Smoked salmon was thrown out for being stored with raw chicken and fish Excessive food debris was on coolers, the floor and cooking equipment. The restaurant manager said they hired new staff and sent the following […]

  • Cancer center legislation introduced following FOX31 investigation

    DENVER — Legislation regarding surgical and cancer centers has been introduced following a FOX31 Problem Solvers investigation in June 2018. A bill that is headed to committee is designed to close a loophole in the law that allows such centers in Colorado to go largely unregulated. Senate Bill 19-110 says: “Facilities performing outpatient procedures such as liposuction and radiation treatments are not regulated to the same extent as facilities within a hospital and in some cases, not at all.” The […]

  • Restaurant Report Card: Food poisoning risks found at “F” restaurant

    The Westin Denver International Airport Hotel It may look inviting from the outside, but health inspectors found plenty of issues inside The Westin at DIA. The Grill and Vine restaurant failed our report card with eight health code violations in December. Among the mistakes at The Grill and Vine: Potatoes and dairy products were thrown away for being held at too warm a temperature Temperature of soup was unchecked Excessive dirt, trash and grease on the floor The Westin’s general […]

  • Restaurant Report Card: Food storage issues lead to serious health code violations

    Champa Street Burger Works Health inspectors found 11 critical health code violations in December. The issues include: Raw beef patties were stored over ready-to-eat hot dogs. Seven bins of French fries were tossed. Employees were not washing their hands. Heavy mold build-up was reported in the ice machine. Manager Robert Jones sent the follow email: “We made all of the necessary corrections, and even took the extra step for myself and the kitchen manager re-complete a ServSafe class between the […]

  • City Council approves new panels to replace shattered stair rail at Denver courthouse

    DENVER — Denver City Council approved a $1.7 million contract Monday to replace all the glass panels in the stairwell at Denver’s Lindsey Flanigan Courthouse. It’s been two and a half years since two panels of the free-standing glass railing came crashing down at the courthouse.  The two separate sections are on the 3rd and 5th floors of the lobby stairs off the courthouse’s main entrance. The project consists of replacing all the existing tempered glass units with new units. No […]

  • Restaurant Report Card: Rodent droppings, undocumented fish serious issues for failed restaurants

    Corner Bakery (16th Street Mall) A Denver inspector cited the bakery for eight issues in December, including: Rodent droppings Buttering toast with no gloves No hot water Ceiling and vents covered in black debris The restaurant’s owner sent the following statement: “We are very committed to running great restaurants with great sanitation and food handling procedures. We did have a few new team members on board at the time of the inspection that did not have the appropriate training. We […]

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