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DENVER — Critical violations, including food held at dangerous temperatures and a live cockroach found in the sink, have led to two Fs on this week’s Restaurant Report Card.

Gaetano Italian Restaurant

Gaetano Italian Restaurant in Denver scored an “F” on our report card with 16 critical violations in its last two un-announced inspections in January and last year.   Denver health inspectors ordered buckets of food be thrown out.  The inspector said the food we being held at dangerous temperatures which can cause food poisoning.  The reports also said there were no sanitizer on the cook line and no hot water in the women’s restroom.   Also, straws and to go boxes were stored on the floor.   Gaetano’s sent a statement that said, “Since our inspection we have gone all through our daily procedures and how we implement them.  We are holding weekly staff meetings to bring all staff up to date on how to prevent this from happening again.”  The restaurant is located at 3760 North Tejon Street.

Seoul BBQ

Seoul BBQ in Aurora earned an “F” on our report card.  The Asian BBQ restaurant received 11 critical violations in its routine inspection in January and a critical violation inspection late last year. The inspector found “A live cockroach was observed on the basin of the cook line sink.”   Also, an employee on the cook line was touching their face with gloved hands and an employee was eating while cooking.   The restaurant said, “Seoul BBQ has been nominated and recognized for best restaurant in town every year since 2012 and we try out best to serve our customer with decent quality and service as we serve our own family.”  A follow up inspection in February shows the restaurant located at 2080 South Havana Street was given a clean bill of health.

Granny Scott’s

And another “A” to Granny Scott’s pie shop on Wadsworth.  The pie shop which carries a long list of fruit and cream pies earned another perfect health inspection.   Granny Scott’s is located at 3333 South Wadsworth boulevard in Lakewood.

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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