DENVER (KDVR) — Below are some of the restaurants in the city and county of Denver that received the most fines for health violations in 2019:
Pho Le (Now Pho Vietnamese Restaurant) – Fined $3,500
The most-fined restaurant in Denver and previous offender on Restaurant Report Card is Pho Le, which goes by Now Pho Vietnamese Restaurant. Inspectors fined the South Federal Boulevard location $3,500 for repeat temperature violations.
Health department pictures from 2019 inspections show construction inside the restaurant. Reports say employees were preparing and serving food while work on a renovation project was underway. Reports also said inspectors found:
- Fire hazard with electrical wires hanging over plumbing
- Rodent droppings
- Heavy build-up of grease
Health inspectors were back at the location on Federal in mid-February ensuring ongoing compliance.
Cheesecake Factory (16th Street Mall location) – Fined $3,250
The 16th Street Mall location is the second-most fined restaurant in Denver, paying $3,250 in fines. Inspectors were at Cheesecake Factory 10 times last year to ensure compliance. Inspectors found repeat temperature violations and conducted food safety training. Health experts were back two weeks ago and found no mistakes.
Ocean Prime – Fined $1,500
The Larimer Square location rounded out the 10 most-fined restaurants in Denver, paying $1,500 worth of fines. Inspectors found repeat temperature issues. Ocean Prime is at 1465 Larimer St.
California Pizza Kitchen (Cherry Creek location) – Fined $1,500
It’s the same fine and mistakes for California Pizza Kitchen in Cherry Creek. The popular restaurant paid $1,500 in fines and threw out chicken, cheeses and pasta for being held too warm.
An inspector was back at Ocean Prime and California Pizza Kitchen Jan. 30 to check on proper temperature food holding and found both locations meeting code.
Denver Department of Public Health and Environment’s Abby Davidson said, “In general, we have seen great compliance based on someone receiving a fine, then we do not see them repeating the same violation over and over.”
The Problem Solvers are also doing their part with weekly inspection reviews on Restaurant Report Card.
“The investigators do hear, ‘Am I going to be on Restaurant Report Card? If I am, I want it to be the ‘A’ on restaurant report card.’ I definitely think it’s been an incentive for some folks to want to do a good job,” Davidson said.
Denver’s Most-Fined Restaurants of 2019:
|Facility Name||Address||Total Fines ($)|
|PHO LE||1195 S FEDERAL BLVD||3500|
|DOMO RESTAURANT||1365 N OSAGE ST||3500|
|LOS MOLCAJETES TAQUERIA||100 N Knox Ct||3500|
|CHEESECAKE FACTORY, THE||1201 16th St||3250|
|TAQUERIA LOS GALLITOS||2630 W ALAMEDA AVE||3000|
|BRAVOS GOURMET||6510 N POPLAR||2750|
|TAQUERIA 7 SALSAS #2-CLOSED||4460 MORRISON RD||2500|
|TEXAS DE BRAZIL CHURRASSARIA (C)||8390 E NORTHFIELD BLVD||2500|
|MOON GATE ASIAN GRILL||745 N QUEBEC ST||2500|
|PANADERIA/TAQUERIA CONTRERAS (C)||3570 MORRISON RD||2500|
|ETAI’S||8400 PENA BLVD||2250|
|DENVER PHO 1||2200 W Alameda Ave||2250|
|SUNSHINE BOWLS||1623 N SAINT PAUL ST||2250|
|DENVER POKE COMPANY||1550 Platte St||2000|
|SAIGON BOWL||333 S Federal Blvd||2000|
|RODEWAY INN – RFE||3975 PEORIA WAY||2000|
|TAQUERIA LA BUEN SASON-CLOSED||1800 S Grove St||2000|
|CALIFORNIA WRAP RUNNER||7608 DANKS DR||2000|
|LITTLE INDIAS FOOD TRUCK||2390 S DOWNING ST||2000|
|LA SALVADORENA PUPUSA||1020 S Raritan St||2000|
|LATINO TACOS||20495 E 47th Ave||2000|
|LAZO||1319 22ND ST||2000|
|STEEP-CLOSED||4100 E 8th Ave||2000|
|CF – ORIGINAL BERRIE KABOB, THE||11933 S Black Horn Cir||2000|
|SUSHI BAY||1728 E 17th Ave||2000|
|SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET||3625 E COLFAX AVE||2000|
|SAFFRON GRILL||898 Kipling St||2000|
|RICO POLLO III||5195 N FEDERAL BLVD||2000|
|MINIMOOS AND KIDS TOO GOAT DAIRY||1221 HIGH ST||2000|
|SUPER CARNICERIA COMPARE||2796 S FEDERAL BLVD||2000|
|SCOTTIES CATERING||9100 TEJON ST, UNIT 222||2000|
|POPEYE’S FRIED CHICKEN||2122 E COLFAX AVE||2000|
|TACOS Y SALSA #2||910 S FEDERAL BLVD||2000|
|EL ELOTE FELIZ||1020 W 70th Ave||2000|
|LOVE’S OVEN||225 N Mariposa St||2000|
|KM CONCESSION INDOOR PORTABLES||1325 E 46TH AVE||2000|
|KING SOOPERS||2810 N QUEBEC ST||2000|
|ANTHONY’S PIZZA & PASTA||10890 E DARTMOUTH AVE||2000|
|WINCHELL’S DONUT HOUSE||6550 E EVANS AVE||2000|
|EL TACO H||3962 N Jericho St||1750|
|NEW SAIGON #1||630 S FEDERAL BLVD||1750|
|ORIGINAL HAMBURGER STAND||1205 N FEDERAL BLVD||1600|
|NATURAL GROCERS BY VITAMIN COTTAGE||3909 E EVANS AVE||1500|
|OCEAN PRIME||1465 Larimer St||1500|
|FRUTERIA & CARNICERIA LA MEXICANA||706 N SHERIDAN BLVD||1500|
|CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN||3000 E 1ST AVE||1500|
|BENNY’S CANTINA||301 E 7TH AVE||1500|
|JUST BE KITCHEN||2364 15TH ST||1500|
|WOODGRAIN BAGELS||7559 E Academy Blvd||1500|
|PIG & SPROUT, THE||1900 Chestnut Pl||1500|
|LESLY’S FRUIT||6725 W MISSISSIPPI AVE||1500|
|SUBWAY #20418||1512 LARIMER ST||1500|
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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 eight 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.