Restaurant Report Card: Roaches and Rodents lead to “F”

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DENVER -- The Chalet, located in Wheat Ridge may be named for a Swiss chalet, but health inspectors say it’s home to “German” cockroaches.

The restaurant earned an “F” on our Restaurant Report Card for 14 critical violations in its last two inspections on January 2 and January 22 of this year.  In a routine or unannounced inspection on January 2, health inspectors found “rodent droppings and cockroaches” and “unapproved pesticides” in the eatery.

Health experts also said, “Boston cream pie and pumpkin pie” were thrown out because they were held at too warm of temperature to keep bacteria from growing.

The owner of the restaurant said all violations were corrected. In a statement he said, “Just bought this place a year ago and working on getting everything clean ... I got a 2 years contract with Terminix.”   Inspectors said the restaurant corrected five critical violations while they were on site January 22.

Jewel of India, Westminster

Our second “F” of the week goes to Jewel of India in Westminster. Health Inspectors cited the restaurant for 11 critical violations in December 2013.

On December 27, 2013 inspectors found “raw curry chicken … had visually splashed onto the cilantro in the walk in cooler.”   The follow up report also said, “A 5-gallon bucket of yogurt was cooling from the previous evening longer than 12 hours and was at 68F.”   On December 12, 2013 inspectors found “raw chicken on the counter was at 55F.”

The State regulations say all food needs to be kept at 41 degrees or below to prevent the growth of bacteria.

Inspectors also found “raw chicken and raw lamb were also stored on top of ready to eat vegetables” and “staff was observed using bare hand contact with ready to eat foods.”

We requested an interview and received this statement:  “We would like our customers to know that the inspection report was a snapshot, and unfortunately the day of the inspection, the cooling unit failed and a repair was scheduled the same day … We pride ourselves in our integrity and reliability, and the violations were corrected immediately or shortly thereafter.”

Hooray for Barricudas

The "A-plus" of the week goes to Barricudas on Ogden Street in Capitol Hill for no critical violations in back-to-back inspections.

“We have a good system in our kitchen, everybody odes their part and they do cleaning on a weekly basis and daily basis.” Owner Mercy Lee said.   And yes, in case you are wondering, the restaurant is named for the famous song “Barracuda” by Heart.

How Restaurants Appear on our Report Card

Restaurant Report Card features health inspections in the city and county of Denver, Jefferson 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 FOX31 uses to give a restaurant a failing grade includes the evaluation of two unannounced inspections by county health inspectors. A failing restaurant must have 5 critical violations on their most recent regular inspection and 5 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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