COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - UPDATE (April 4, 2019): A follow-up inspection at China Village on March 25 showed not a single violation, and everything had been corrected. They invited FOX21 to bring a camera inside the kitchen to show that everything checks out. Watch the video here.
ORIGINAL STORY (March 21, 2019):
In this week's Restaurant Report Card, roaches found at a Colorado Springs Chinese restaurant, and a Korean restaurant in Fountain with no violations in nearly two years.
You might want to 'wok and roll' on by China Village after this.
Located on North Union Boulevard near Bijou Street, a March 12 health inspection at China Village revealed 10 violations, including:
- Live and dead cockroaches below bar ice bins.
- Ice bin in bar is directly connected to the sewage system.
- Ready-to-eat food touched with bare hands.
- Food held at dangerous temperatures.
FOX21 News reached out to the manager, who tells us the roach issue has been taken care of, but that the owner would get back to us on the rest. At this time, FOX21 is still waiting to hear back.
This is why China Village fails our Restaurant Report Card.
If Korean food makes your heart go 'bibimbap,' head to Fountain for food safety.
"We love cooking for people," Korean Garden manager Edward Burns said. "It's a passion for us and so being able to not only provide a quality food, the back of the house has to be quality also."
Korean Garden is located in a strip mall on Fountain Mesa Road.
"All of our recipes are recipes from my grandmother," Burns said. "She's passed, but she watches over us and makes sure that we do everything correctly, but everything is family-made, fresh-made. All of our ingredients and all of our sauces, our marinades and everything like that is all from our family."
The restaurant is family-owned and operated for two years now by Burns, his mother, and uncle.
Burns said they have several items growing in popularity.
"Definitely the bulgogi cheese fries, the galbi short ribs, our regular bulgogi is always a bestseller, bibimbap, rice bowls,” Burns said.
They are introducing some folks to East Asia, while taking others on a trip back.
"We get a ton of soldiers coming in for lunch, and they absolutely love it," Burns said. "A lot of them were stationed in Korea, so this is kind of bringing them back to that time. The community here is awesome. The people are like family. All of our customers are like family."
This is why Korean Garden passes our Restaurant Report Card.
Korean Garden is opening another location at Marksheffel Road and Dublin Boulevard in Colorado Springs at the end of April.