Flying insects, dead flies problems for restaurants getting Report Card ‘F’s’

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DENVER — Every week, FOX31 looks at health inspections at restaurants in metro Denver and along the Front Range.

Wine Experience Cafe

The Aurora cafe failed a health inspection with 11 critical health code violations on Aug. 24.

The violations included:

  • Flying insects
  • Not hot water for the restroom sink
  • No thermometer
  • Tossed 25 pounds of cheese for being held too warm

The restaurant’s owner replaced the refrigerator.

“We use the best quality of everything," Eldon Larson said. "We use the best quality meat. We use the best quality cheese, the best quality fish. Everything is done up to the book. If my cooler freezes over, that happens. It was very expensive.”

Wine Experience Cafe is on Main Street in Aurora.


Inspectors cited the Aurora restaurant for 10 critical issues in August.

The mistakes included:

  • Dead flies on prep table
  • Cooked steak, beef and pork were thrown out for being held wrong temp
  • No thermometer

An employee said everything was fixed. Tri-County Health was back earlier this month and gave the all-clear.

Carolo is at 6652 Peoria St.

Da Kind Soups

Head to Da Kind Soups in Evergreen if you’re ready for a hearty bowl of soup. The soup to go location scored an “A” with two perfect inspections in a row.

“We make sure we train our employees properly all the way from personal hygiene all the way up to how to store food properly," owner Dustin Speck said.

"I just lead by example. I clean the floors, I do dishes, I clean the dish area, I clean outside, monitor the walk in constantly. Monitoring temperatures is a big part of it as well. Be innovative and think about how this can be done better and safer.”

Da Kind Soups is at 27883 Meadow Drive in Evergreen.

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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