Rodent droppings result in Restaurant Report Card ‘F’ for Mimi’s Café

The Denver restaurant is called Brazen, but after what health inspectors found maybe they should consider being called Humble Pie.


Inspectors cited the restaurant for 14 critical violations in two surprise inspections in May 2016 and December 2015. The May report said, “An employee was touching a potato mix inside of a tortilla shell intended to be served to a guest as a breakfast burrito.”

A deli container of raw eggs was tossed for being held at too warm of temperature which can cause food poisoning. Also, the dish washers in the kitchen and bar were not sanitizing dishes.

Brazen sent this statement, “The health of our guests is our first priority and we always provide the best quality food possible. The issues on our recent inspections were immediately corrected while the inspector was in the restaurant or immediately thereafter and we continue to serve quality, safe food to our guests.”

Brazen passed their follow up inspection. The restaurant is located on west 38th Avenue.

Mimi's Café

Mimi’s Café in Lone Tree scored an “F” on our restaurant report card with 11 critical violations in its June inspection. The Park Meadows location's mistakes include rodent droppings under the soda tower, in dry storage and hot water heater area.  An employee was handling lettuce with without gloves on and another worker washed their hands for less than fifteen seconds.

The restaurant's public relations firm sent this statement:

“The health and safety of our guests and associates is our top priority and we are taking the results of this Lone Tree inspection very seriously. First, because our incredibly high standards were not upheld, we made management changes at both the local and regional levels in order to bring in new cafe leadership. Second, the new management and staff conducted a thorough cleaning of the café and also contracted a third party company to conduct an assessment to make further recommendations that are above and beyond the industry standard. Third, all associates and managers will have completed a full retraining of health and food safety standards by July 29 which is being conduct by a third party health and safety expert and is in addition to the retraining already conducted by the health department. We have taken this opportunity to bring the best training and processes, exceeding local standards to Lone Tree. We take great pride in our high standards and are confident that the actions we are taking in Lone Tree will ensure that a similar situation never recurs.”


The “A” of the week goes to Lena B Bar-B-Que, a food truck in tip top shape.

Owner Lonnie Shinault said, “We are always wiping down. We wear gloves all the time. I’ve taken a bunch of courses online courses through the city on how to handle food. Once you get through that part, you’re pretty good. You know what you need to do.”  Shinault said, “It feels great” to be on restaurant report card. Lena B’s rolls into Civic Center Eats in downtown Denver on Thursdays.

How restaurants appear on our Report Card

Restaurant Report Card airs on Channel 2 News at 4 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 Channel 2 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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