Cooking temperatures common issue for Restaurant Report Card ‘F’s’

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DENVER — The FOX31 Problem Solvers dig deep each week to see how metro Denver restaurants are doing on their health inspections.

In The Zone

The Golden restaurant failed the report card with 15 critical health code violations in May and November.  In May, the mistakes included:

  • A dead mouse
  • Rodent droppings
  • Cook could not demonstrate food safety
  • Employees not using thermometer

“All of our cooks are in the process of attending the food handler and food safety classes,” the manager said in an email.

The manager also said it’s a family-owned restaurant and it’s been in business for 15 years.

The restaurant is at 15600 W. 44th Ave. in Golden.

3 Chicks Kitchen

Broomfield inspectors cited the restaurant for nine critical violations in March. They included:

  • Undercooked food
  • Employees not washing hands
  • Staff not aware proper cooking temperatures
  • Toxic materials not labeled

The restaurant’s owner and manager Corey Christman invited the Problem Solvers into the kitchen.

There are signs and diagrams posted throughout the kitchen to remind employees about food safety.

“We have done a lot of training with staff, especially when it comes to cooking temperatures, hot food temperatures, cold food temperatures and what to do if it’s not at the right temperature,” Christman said.

“Most of our employees … this is their first job typically, so it’s like a constant thing we are always doing, which is a great thing for us because we are revisiting this stuff every day, every week or whatever is necessary.”

3 Chicks Kitchen is at 2420 E. Midway Blvd. in Broomfield.

Boston Market — Westminster

The “A” goes to Boston Market for scoring zero violations two inspections in a row.

“We have standards and procedures in place,” area manager Sampson Elijio said. “The managers have different management tools that help us target the areas needed for health inspections.”

The store is located at 9269 Sheridan Blvd. in Westminster.

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 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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