Inspector’s pictures show rodent droppings at Izu Sushi restaurant

Atomic Cowboy - North Denver

The Denver restaurant failed our report card with 13 critical violations in its August and February surprise inspections.

The violations included:

  • Mold-like substance on the ice shield
  • Employee’s burn exposed while handling food
  • Food tossed for being at the wrong temperature

The company, Atomic Provisions, said they closed all three of their locations for three hours to focus on food safety. The company’s GM sent a statement that said in part, “We take our responsibilities to health and safety incredibly seriously … We are not pleased with our recent health department inspection results as they are certainly not consistent with our twelve-year history.”

This restaurant is located at 4275 Tennyson Street.

Izu Sushi

Inspectors cited the Denver restaurant for 10 critical violations during a surprise inspection in August. The inspector took pictures of rodent droppings.

The critical violations included:

  • Rodent droppings on glassware
  • Dead and live cockroaches
  • Escolar fish being sold as Super White Tuna

Izu did not send a statement, so we stopped by.

FOX31's Erika Gonzalez asked, “I know the inspector found rodents and roaches, have you done anything about that?”
The owner said, “Yes. We fix everything. You can take a picture anywhere.”

The restaurant is located at 1528 East Colfax Avenue.

Red Robin - Littleton

The “A” goes to Red Robin in Littleton for three perfect inspections in a row.

General Manager Rachael Bernal said it’s all about routine. “Red Robin has one of the highest standards in the restaurant industry for cleanliness and sanitation. So, we adhere to that and it helps us maintain the level every single day. Our team is proud we have high standards for sanitization and to brag about it a little is always kind of fun,” Bernal said.

This Red Robin is located at 7708 West Long Drive.

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 News 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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