Our restaurant report card this week features a Littleton restaurant where it’s tough to get a reservation, a Denver restaurant that kept food on the floor and a spic and span sandwich shop that earned an A.
The Melting Pot - Littleton
Our first stop takes us to The Melting Pot at 2707 West Main Street in Littleton where 12 critical violations added up to an F. Inspectors found six critical violations in January and six violations during its last regular inspection last year.
In January, inspectors found the “hand sink lacked hot water," “the bar hand sink lacked soap and paper towels” and potentially hazardous foods such as ”cream cheese” and “ranch dressing” were stored at temperatures that were too warm.\
The management at Melting Pot would not talk to FOX31 Denver’s Heidi Hemmat, but sent a statement saying, “The Melting Pot takes the health and safety of our guests very seriously. Any and all violations are corrected immediately.”
King Wok - Denver
Another eatery earning a failed grade is King Wok in Denver and in this case the "F" stands for “food on the floor.” The restaurant located on South Sheridan Boulevard earned an "F" for ten violations during its last two regular inspections.
The Asian café’s critical mistakes include storing “boxes of beef, chicken, shrimp, and bags of cabbage etc….on the floor.” The report said an inspector saw an “employee handling and cutting raw chicken then touching the walk in cooler door handle and clean container of food without washing his hands.” The restaurant owner did not respond to our request for an interview or phone calls.
Lagunas II - Westminster
Lagunas II on 120th in Westminster received an "F" for 11 critical violations during its last two regular health inspections.
A Tri-County Health inspector found “hot and cold water was not available at the two-compartment sink, soap was not readily available at the bar hand sink" and “containers of food in the large walk-in cooler were stored on the floor.” The Mexican restaurant also had non-critical violations including areas “soiled with food debris.” The owner of Lagunas told FOX31 Denver that ”they fixed all the critical violations right away.”
Shin Sa Dong - Aurora
Our next failure is Shin Sa Dong in Aurora where inspectors found “chicken in the food sink…was thawing without running water, an employee…was observed going from non-food preparation to food preparation without first washing their hands” and “raw meat” was being held a temperature that was too warm.
Inspectors found 12 critical violations at the Shin Sa Dong’s last two regular health inspections. The owner of the Korean BBQ did not return our calls.
Sushi Yume - Federal Heights
Finally, Sushi Yume on Federal Boulevard in Federal Heights earned an "F" for 12 critical violations during its last two regular inspections earlier this year and November of last year.
In February, inspectors found “gloves along the sushi bar were being reused, a container of smoked salmon at the sushi bar was too warm” and “employees were not aware of how to calibrate a thermometer.” The owner of the restaurant did not return our calls.
Jimmy Johns - E. Colfax Ave.
Now we head to Jimmy Johns on East Colfax for our Grade "A" of the week.
The sandwich shop famous for its “freaky fast delivery” earned the grade for not having any critical violations during its last two health inspections.
Owner Harris Marks said, “Cleanliness is crucial to our success and we deem it really important to what we do here on a daily basis.” And for Marks, that is no bologna.
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