Our Restaurant Report Card this week features restaurants in Denver’s Highland’s neighborhood, Greenwood Village and lower downtown Denver
Highland's Asian Grill
The Highland’s Asian Grill earned an "F" on our report card for a dozen critical violations during its last two health code inspections.
Inspectors cited the Highlands neighborhood restaurant for storing “spoiled” eggplants that were covered with a “black and white mold like residue” with wholesome produce.
Also, inspectors found “winged insects” in a bottle of rum, “raw chicken and beef” were stored together in the same container and “the only hand sink” in the facility was blocked.
The owner of the restaurant, through the translation of a waitress, told FOX31 Denver’s Heidi Hemmat that all the violations have been corrected.
Macaroni Grill, Greenwood Village
From the Asian Grill, to our second F of the week, the Macaroni Grill in Greenwood Village. Health experts said the restaurant scored ten critical mistakes in their last two inspections.
The violations include: “Fruit flies” in a bottle of liquor, an “employee handling dirty then clean dishes without first washing their hands” and potentially hazardous food was available since it was kept at the wrong temperature.
Inspectors said areas in the kitchen were soiled with food debris.
The owner of the restaurant refused to do an interview, but sent this statement: We worked closely with the…inspectors to immediately address the issues raised in the recent inspection…re-inspection of critical items took place on 3.6.13….and all items were resolved.
Billy's Gourmet Hot Dogs, LoDo
And, our grade A of the week goes to Billy’s Gourmet Hot Dogs in Lodo. The Larimer Street eatery scored back to back perfect inspections. Owner Bill Feid said, “It’s a labor of love to keep a restaurant clean. It’s not something you do once a week. It’s something you have to do every single day without hesitation.” Feid said it feels pretty good to be the top dog of the week.
Other Denver restaurants that earned an A this week include: The Burger King on South Sheridan, Mary Janes Pizza on West 32nd and the Qdoba on Market.
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