Health inspector to restaurant: Clean the kitchen or close

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DENVER -- Every week, we dig deep into restaurant health inspections to reveal what's really going on behind closed kitchen doors.

Bella Vista

The restaurant is Bella Vista, which means good looking, but health inspectors did a double take after their most recent inspection.

The Denver restaurant failed our Restaurant Report Card with 18 critical violations in its last two unannounced inspections in May and November.

The inspector ordered the facility to clean the entire kitchen or face closure.

Other violations included:

  • Several areas with mouse droppings on the floor and shelves
  • An employee was busing tables, scraping plate scraps and then scooping ice cream without washing hands
  • Sanitizer was toxic, “well above 200 ppm chlorine” level when it should be 100 ppm chlorine

"Our staff has been updated on better procedures and techniques following the Health Inspector's suggestions," Bella Vista said in a statement. "At re-inspection, all violations were cleared and actions have been taken to ensure that these violations will not be repeated.”

The restaurant is located at 127 E. 20th Ave.

Wynkoop Brewing Company

The LoDo favorite earned an “F” on our report card with 13 critical violations in its inspections last month and in December.

The inspector found water pouring over ready-to-eat food, including 2 pounds of pasta and 40 sandwiches, in a walk-in cooler.

Other violations included:

  • “100 mice droppings” and “one dead roach” in the storage
  • No soap in the employee restroom
  • Dish machine was not sanitizing dishes

"The Wynkoop has been safely serving guests for almost three decades," Wynkoop said in a statement. "The inspection issues were either resolved while the inspector was in the brewpub or immediately thereafter."

Wynkoop Brewing Company is on 18th Street in lower downtown Denver.

Spot Bar and Grill

The “A” goes to Spot Bar and Grill in Golden for back-to-back inspections with no critical violations.

“Come and do the same thing day in and day out. Keep it clean," kitchen manager Kenny Holton said. "We have weekly inspections that my bosses come in and do and keep us on point and they let us know if there is anything we should be working on.”

The Spot Bar and Grill is in Golden at 111 N. Ruby Drive.

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.

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 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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