Restaurant Report Card: The Ritz flunks

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DENVER -- Summit House Grill and Tap in Lakewood scored an “F” on Restaurant Report Card with 13 critical health code violations on October 12.

Summit House Grill and Tap

The report said, “Flies (were) throughout kitchen, cook line and bar.”

A Jefferson County health investigator also found employees eating and drinking in the kitchen and employees not using soap when washing their hands.

Salad dressings and deli meats were held at unsafe temperatures and had to be thrown out. The inspector also noted kitchen utensils and knives were visibly dirty as was the soda gun.

The Summit House provided this statement: "We have since improved our employee training, made physical improvements and exceeded the Jefferson County Health Department's expectations on our follow-up inspection…” Summit House Grill and tap located at 14285 West Colfax Avenue passed a follow-up inspection.

Ritz Carlton Hotel - downtown Denver

The Ritz Carlton Hotel earned a failed grade on our report card for 11 critical violations in its September and July inspections.

The violations include three heads of rotten cabbage and 50 fruit flies in the dish washing area. The reports said the hand sink was not accessible and “…an employee was eating zucchini off a baking sheet pulled from the oven.”

The Ritz Carlton provided this statement: “…We reviewed the violations and immediately took steps to correct the issues. The kitchen was re-inspected on September 18 and the issues were verified to be corrected…” The Ritz sits at 1881 Curtis Drive in Denver.

Small Cakes

It’s sweet success for Small Cakes in Lakewood for perfect health inspections. The cupcake haven earned an “A” for keeping their location in tip-top shape.

Owner Heidi Hamilton said, “We have a really good procedure every night and every morning.” Hamilton thinks scoring an “A” is what the public is looking for when buying and eating out. Hamilton said, “That’s great. It’s really good. We always hear so many bad things, to that’s awesome.” Small Cakes can be found at 7650 West Virginia Avenue in Lakewood.

How restaurants appear on our Report Card

Restaurant Report Card airs on FOX31 Denver News at 9 each Friday night and 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.

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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