Reader: Can't see the forest of health-code violations for the tree?

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Eww. Just eww. A reader alerted us to the notice from the Denver Department of Environmental Health ordering the closure of Pho on 6th for "imminent health risks" -- which the restaurant had posted behind a tree. A tree that wasn't there when the notice was issued by the city.

And as turns out, there was good reason for that notice, which closed the restaurant from May 9 through May 16 for a thorough cleaning. Although Pho on 6th was allowed to reopen after that, the notice is supposed to stay up through May 24 -- in a prominent location.

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After getting our alert, the city checked out the placement, and will be talking to the restaurant, which we'd In the meantime, says Fu-Pho:


Their "tree-scam" fooled me earlier this week. How often does one really look behind shrubbery to check for health violations? Noticed it on the way out though. Probably would have given them a second chance a few months down the line had they not tried to cover it all up. Begs the question as to what else they might be covering up at this time. Anyway, won't be back there ever again. Thanks for Westword for pointing out these shenanigans.

And thanks to the reader who tipped us off in the first place. Another enterprising reader went on the city site to find the source of the complaint: rodents. Lots of them. You can read that unappetizing report in the comments section here.



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bondadprevalece
bondadprevalece topcommenter

This inspired to me go through Boulder County's inspections... weird, some of the best and brightest restaurants earned an "unacceptable." I'm going to assume the bar is high because otherwise, sheesh.

Jer Burke
Jer Burke

That just means it's authentic. Now get back to reppin your broadway establishments you hipsters.

Britt Chester
Britt Chester

Gabe Rovick isn't this place one of your favorites? Not no more...

monopod
monopod

I'm going to point to this the next time someone complains about how the city's enforcement of health code laws is hurting their business.  Over regulation is a problem, but no regulation would be a problem too.

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