DENVER — Every week, FOX31 looks at health inspections at restaurants in metro Denver and along the Front Range.
Capitol Hill Tavern at 1225 Logan St. in Denver received a Restaurant Report Card “F” for 11 critical health code violations during inspections in April and September.
3 Margaritas at 9190 Wadsworth Parkway in Westminster also received an “F.” A Jefferson County health inspector cited the restaurant for 10 critical violations during an inspection in early May.
The ‘A’ this week goes to Large Marge’s at 3890 Kipling Street in Wheat Ridge. The establishment scored two perfect health inspections in a row.
Watch Erika Gonzalez’s video report above for additional information regarding the inspections at these restaurants.
How restaurants appear on our Report Card
Restaurant Report Card features health inspections in the city and county of Denver, Jefferson County, Weld County, Broomfield 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 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 or four critical violations on their most recent regular inspection and five or four critical violations on the previous regular inspection. The restaurant may also fail for nine or 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 regular inspections in a row, with no critical violations, by awarding them an A.