DENVER -- Every week we dig deep into restaurant health department inspections to find out what's really going on behind closed kitchen doors.
Texas Roadhouse - Northfield Stapleton in Denver
Texas Roadhouse earned an "F" for critical violations in its September and December 2015 surprise health department inspections.
- Several large-winged flies in the kitchen
- Two full pans of chicken were not being held cold enough, which can make you sick
- Hot water was not hot enough in the men's bathroom
Texas Roadhouse sent this statement to the FOX31 Problem Solvers, "Texas Roadhouse is committed to food safety and sanitation, which is reflected in our September 22 health inspection, which was a 100%."
This particular Texas Roadhouse is at 8470 East Northfield Boulevard in Denver.
Thai Gold - Golden
This restaurant had 16 critical violations in its last two unannounced inspections in September. A Jefferson County health inspector found:
- Employees using an apron and common towels to wipe their hands
- Dishwasher was not sanitizing
- Fly swatter hanging on the wall
We stopped by the restaurant when the owner did not respond to our questions. After that, the owner sent us a statement. "Thai Gold Restaurant was inspected on 9/6/2016. Any items that were deemed to be critical violations at that time were remedied immediately to the satisfaction of the inspector. When the inspector left the establishment, there were no active critical violations and the inspector found that there was no need for a follow up inspection."
Thai Gold is at 714 14th Street in Golden.
Silver Mine Subs - Hillside Mall/University Center in Greeley
The "A" this week goes to the Silver Mine Subs at 2515 11th Avenue in Greeley. It scored zero violations on two health department inspections in a row.
The General Manager said their own inspection process helps them score so well. "It asks if employees are washing their hands, wearing gloves, we have to do temperatures, make sure stuff is clean everything like that," Lisa Brashera said.
The culture pays off. This is the third Silver Mine Subs featured as an "A" on our report.
How restaurants appear on our Report Card
Restaurant Report Card airs on Channel 2 News at 4 p.m. and FOX31 News at 9 p.m. each Friday and 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.
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 used 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. The restaurant may also fail for ten or more violations in one 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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