Restaurant Report Card: Live roaches earn one restaurant an F

Restaurant Report Card
Restaurant Report Card

Restaurant Report Card

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DENVER –In this week’s Restaurant Report Card cockroaches at an Aurora Ethiopian restaurant and an A for an Olive Garden.

Meskerem Restaurant

Our next F goes to Meskerem Restaurant in Aurora.

The Ethiopian restaurant at 1121 S. Peoria Street failed our report card with 10 critical mistakes.

Tri-County Health inspectors found “live cockroaches … below the liquor cabinet, raw steak … stored above ready to eat vegetables,” and “dishes are not being sanitized.”

Inspectors said employees failed to wash their hands before preparing food, a hand sink was not accessible and there was no soap in the kitchen sink, bar sink and men’s restroom.

Meskerem’s owner also refused to speak to us but sent a statement:  “Every day we are doing deep cleaning all over the restaurant (e)specially in the kitchen … We also have monthly service with budget pest control, since we start doing this we got remarkable results.”

Olive Garden

The A plus goes to Olive Garden at 7655 W. Alameda Avenue in Lakewood for perfect back to back inspections.

Matthew Johnson attributed the restaurant’s success to its employees.

“It comes from the hostesses all the way to the servers, the bussers, the cooks, the dishwashers and everybody coming together as a team just to make sure the standards are upheld,” Johnson said.

And, the bottom less basket of bread sticks can’t hurt.   “It’s great to know we are going to be on the restaurant report card as an A.” Johnson said.

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