Restaurant Report Card: A Colorado Springs Chinese restaurant with 9 violations


UPDATE (November 15, 2018): Xiang’s Kitchen failed November 8, but a follow-up inspection on November 13 shows everything has been cleaned up. 

ORIGINAL STORY (November 8, 2018): 

In this week’s Restaurant Report Card, a Colorado Springs Chinese restaurant with nine health code violations, and a bar and grill with no violations possibly ever. 

Located in the same shopping center as the Big R store on Constitution and Powers, Xiang’s Kitchen’s latest health inspection on November 1 revealed seven critical and two non-critical violations, including:

  • Employees not washing hands when required. 
  • An employee touching fried chicken with bare hands. 
  • Several cross contamination hazards. 
  • Manager unable to answer food safety questions. 

FOX21 reached out to the manager to ask what’s being done to fix the issues, but they did not want to comment at this time. 

This is why Xiang’s Kitchen fails our Restaurant Report Card.  

Xiang’s Kitchen’s latest inspection report shows a follow-up should happen on or soon after November 13. Xiang’s Kitchen did have a health inspection on April 5, where they did not have any violations. 

For local beer, burgers, and elevated pub grub, head to The Public House.

“Our mountain burger is a really big crowd pleaser,” bar manager Missy Luebbers said.

The Public House is located next to VASA Fitness on East Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard. 

“A lot of people are kind of expecting a freezer to fryer, the microwaves,” Luebbers said. “There’s none of that in our kitchen. There’s no microwaves. So it’s more of a scratch kitchen.”

The Public House has been locally-owned and operated for nearly five years now.

“Our green chile mac has been getting a lot of attention from the Pueblo green chile area,” Luebbers said.

As far as the health department’s database goes back, which is about three years, The Public House shows no violations whatsoever. 

“If it’s not good enough for your granny, it ain’t good enough to go out to the table, you know,” Luebbers said.

But Luebbers said she’s pretty certain they’ve never had a violation in their entire existence. 

“I think that our executive chef has really set some high standards,” Luebbers said. “He’s got a lot of checklists. Having checks and balances in play to really make sure that when somebody is not here that we’re all really carrying the torch.”

This is why The Public House passes our Restaurant Report Card. 

You can check out El Paso County Public Health’s inspection report database for yourself to keep an eye on your favorite restaurants. 

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