Restaurant Report Card: Dead bugs do in Gozo and Spicy Thai

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DENVER — Every week, we dig deep into restaurant health inspections to reveal what’s really going on behind closed kitchen doors.

Gozo – 30 S. Broadway, Denver

This South Broadway restaurant has been voted the best of “Sobo.”

But you might not want to go-go.

The Denver restaurant failed our report card with 10 critical health code violations in its April inspection.

The violations included:

  • Two dead flying insects in the butter milk
  • Rodent droppings
  • No hot water in the men’s or women’s restrooms
  • Cook was using  bare hands to plate ready to eat food
  • Milk and marinara sauce were held at dangerous temperatures and had to be thrown out.

Repeated attempts to reach the owner or general manager were unsuccessful, so someone who claimed to be a manager was asked, “One of the violations said you had bugs in the buttermilk. This is supposed to be a nice restaurant. Do you think your customers would be concerned about that?”

The employee replied, “Sure. Yeah.”

After stopping by the restaurant, the general manager contacted FOX31 Denver and claimed the violations had been corrected.

Spicy Thai – 4101 E. Evans Ave., Denver

Spicy Thai earns an “F” on our report card for the second time in two years. It was cited for 11 critical health code violations during unannounced health inspections in October 2015 and April 2016.

Among the violations:

  • Dead roaches
  • Roach feces
  • Not washing produce such as mushrooms, avocados and cucumbers
  • Sliced fruit sitting on a dirty counter

The owner of the restaurant did not respond to requests for a comment, and when a reporter stopped by, she was asked to leave.

Spicy Thai has since passed a follow-up inspection.

Nothing Bundt Cakes – 10449 Town Center Drive, Westminster

This charming little bakery earns our “A” of the week for two perfect inspections in a row. Owner Lauren Robydek said, “We are thrilled to get some positive attention and thank you guys for taking the time to come out here.”

How restaurants appear on our Report Card

Restaurant Report Card airs on FOX31 Denver 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.

Contact Heidi HemmatAn 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 Denver uses 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. 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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