Bare hands, grime and dust earn popular Denver gym an F on Restaurant Report Card

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DENVER — A popular gym and restaurant scored F’s on this week’s Restaurant Report Card.

Denver Athletic Club

The Denver Athletic Club is known as one of the best gyms in the metro area, but its recent health inspections are not working out.

The club failed our Restaurant Report Card with 15 critical violations in its last two unannounced inspections in April 2016 and October 2015.

In April, the Denver Environmental Health inspector found employees failed to wash produce and were using their bare hands to plate ready to eat foot.

The report said the dishwasher was not sanitizing, there was grime in the soda gun and dust and debris on the refrigerator.

The general manager provided a statement: “All of the critical issues were resolved while the inspector was here, and we’ve taken action to ensure those thing don’t occur going forward.”

The Denver Athletic Club is located at 1325 Glenarm Place.

The Kitchen

The Kitchen earned an ”F” on our report card with 13 critical health code violations in its April 2016 and November 2015 unannounced inspections.

The inspector found fruit flies in the kitchen.  Also, a five-gallon container of tomato soup was thrown out for being held at the wrong temperature; trays of chicken carcasses, mushrooms and smoked salmon were also too warm, which can cause food poisoning.

The Kitchen sent a response: “The Kitchen Denver sees the Health Department and our Health Inspector as a trusted partner to keep our guests healthy and happy. We review every report thoroughly with them and work diligently to go above and beyond compliance.”

The Kitchen is at 1530 16th St.

Silver Mine Subs

An “A” goes to Silver Mine Subs in Westminster for back-to-back inspections with no critical violations. The sub shop is located at 9975 Wadsworth Parkway. The Silver Mines location in Arvada earned another A grade in October 2015.

How restaurants appear on our Report Card

Restaurant Report Card airs on FOX31 Denver News at 9 p.m. each Friday and features health inspections in the city and county of Denver, Jefferson County, Weld County and restaurants under the jurisdiction of the Tri-County Health Department. The Tri-County Health Department includes Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

Contact Heidi HemmatAn 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 critical violations on their most recent regular inspection and five critical violations on the previous regular 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 perfect regular inspections in a row by awarding them an A.

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