In this week’s Restaurant Report Card, a very popular Pueblo bar and grill with six violations on its last inspection, and an Italian restaurant with no violations since 2016.
They’re known for their Pueblo Slopper, but according to their latest health inspection, the food safety at Gray’s Coors Tavern has been sloppy.
Located in downtown Pueblo on West Fourth Street, Gray’s Coors Tavern’s health inspection on May 15 revealed four critical and two non-critical violations, including:
- Employees seen touching ready-to-eat food with bare hands.
- A pot of cooked chicken mole stored on the floor of the walk-in cooler under raw ground beef.
- Food being held at dangerous temperatures.
This is why Gray’s Coors Tavern fails our Restaurant Report Card.
We reached out to the owner, Dean Gray, who told us he just took ownership February 1. Gray said they closed down for a few days to totally clean the place, and they’re doing a lot of improvements.
“The violations when the health department came in last week happened to be our first since we’ve owned the place, and I wasn’t too happy about it, to be honest with you, so I can promise those things will be rectified,” Gray said. “They were rectified at the time of the appointment. They were rectified right then and there, and I’ve had a meeting with the kitchen staff and all the other employees.”
Gray said their goal is to keep this Pueblo staple alive, while keeping their customers safe.
In the 11 weeks we’ve been doing this Restaurant Report Card segment, Dean Gray is the first owner or manager to step up and go on camera to address the issues at the establishment.
Improvements at Gray’s Coors Tavern have been made. During their inspection in November 2017, they received nine violations.
Across town, the legacy at Giodone’s Italian Bar and Grill is becoming a “pizza” history.
Located on East Highway 50 near 23rd Lane, Giodone’s Italian Bar and Grill hasn’t had a violation since 2016.
The restaurant has been family owned and operated since 1939. Tom Giodone has been running the place for the past 55 years, and he’s lived in Pueblo his whole life.
“It takes a lot of hard work and dedication,” Giodone said. “We’ve got to watch for cross-contamination, the temperatures are right when you cook and the temperatures are right when you cool. That’s the most important things so you don’t get anybody sick.”
This is why Giodone’s Italian Bar and Grill passes our Restaurant Report Card.
Giodone’s also caters, and has a location at the Colorado State Fairgrounds.
The five restaurants making our honor roll for food safety:
- Giodone’s Italian Bar and Grill
- Yogurt on Union
- McAlister’s Deli — West Highway 50 location
- 5th and Main Espresso Bar
- Bite Me Cake Company