Food storage causes problems for restaurants getting report card ‘F’s’

Food storage causes problems for restaurants getting report card ‘F’s’

DENVER — Every week, FOX31 looks at health inspections at restaurants in metro Denver and along the Front Range.

Platea Latin Eatery and Cantina

Tri-County Environmental Health cited the Aurora restaurant for 18 critical health code violations in April and October 2017.

The critical mistakes included:

  • Cooked meats stored with raw beef
  • Cans used in mixed drinks stored in ice bin
  • Chorizo, ranch dressing and sour cream held too warm
  • Boxes of shrimp and sausage on the floor

Owner Rick Garcia showed us the kitchen and said they corrected everything.

“Beyond firing what we find to be a big part of the mistake,” Garcia said. “We took advantage of training all current staff. We have taken classes.

“First of all how very sorry we are as a business that it happened. First and foremost, not only do I eat here, my family eats here, everybody eats here. We take it super, super seriously and it’s quite embarrassing when it does happen, so you do everything that you need to do to fix it immediately.”

Platea is located at Southlands on Main Street.

Olde Towne Tavern

The Littleton restaurant scored nine critical health code violations during its April surprise inspection. The mistakes included:

  • No cold water bar hand sink
  • Black mold like substance in ice machine
  • Eggs stored over ready to eat lettuce
  • Floors soiled with debris

“We are in full compliance with Tri-County Health, everything has been corrected since then,” a spokesman said. “We had a clean inspection the last time he was out. We take all that stuff very seriously and it’s all been taken care of.”

Olde Towne Tavern is at 2410 W. Main St.

Iron Works Brewery and Pub

Iron Works in Lakewood scored the “A” with two perfect inspections in a row without critical violations.

“The main thing is to make clean up lists, every morning and every night, before you go on shift after you get off shift,” owner Mike Mader said. “That way you keep everything clean all the time and it’s not a major catastrophe to try to get places cleaned up. That’s why you put everything in place to make sure you are getting the perfect scores.”

Iron Works is on West Alameda Parkway.

How restaurants appear on the 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.

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