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DENVER -- Two restaurants earned F's in this week's Restaurant Report Card.


The Denver eatery failed the Restaurant Report Card with 15 critical violations in its October and March inspections. The violations include:

  • No sanitizer
  • Employee touched food on plate with bare hands
  • Soup and beef thrown out for being held at wrong temperature

“An inspection the following week found us to be in total compliance," the restaurant said in a statement. "We also made significant changes to our kitchen staff, bringing in new employees we expect to perform at a level that will result in future inspections being well above satisfactory.”

The restaurant is located at East Colfax Avenue and Pennsylvania Street.

Pho Bom Vietnamese Noodle & Grill

A Denver inspector cited the Pho restaurant for 15 critical violations found during its October inspection. The critical mistakes include:

  • Operator and employees did not know proper holding temperatures
  • Unapproved Vietnamese soda for sale
  • A Behr paint bucket used to store noodles

The restaurant manager was asked: "You guys had 15 critical violations. You were storing rice noodles in a paint bucket. Can you explain what you’ve done to correct some of the violations they found?

"Put the noodles where they need to be not in no paint buckets," the manager said. "The food here are more sanitized and appropriate for the customers to eat. We did like a full … how do I put this … like a huge cleaning in the back kitchen and up here.”

Subway -- La Salle

The “A” goes to Subway in La Salle.  The Weld County location had zero critical violations in its last two inspections.

"We have a daily cleaning list that the staff works with for both day and night," general manager John Cochran said. "We have a biweekly cleaning list as well as a monthly cleaning list so the staff is very good at knowing what they need to do to make sure everything is ready for a health department inspection or for any of our customers at the time.”

The subway shop is at 218 Second St.

How restaurants appear on our Report Card

Restaurant Report Card airs on FOX31 News at 9 p.m. each Thursday and Channel 2 News at 4 p.m. each Friday. It 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 used 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. The restaurant may also fail for 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 perfect regular inspections in a row by awarding them an A.

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