Video shows rat in Denver restaurant dining room with history of problems

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DENVER – A Denver restaurant with previous food safety violations is reinspected after video showing a rat inside the restaurant was released.

Dominic Trujillo says he took the video on September 16, while waiting for Mount Fuji Sushi & Hibachi to open. The video appears to show a rat eating leftover food between the glass and the blind of a window at the restaurant on Sixth Avenue East on Capitol Hill.

He posted the video on social media and says an official sent him a private message, offering a gift card in exchange for removing the video.

The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment visited the restaurant on Wednesday after seeing the video and found no violations.

“Yesterday we called the health department and they checked everything, inspected everything and everything is fine,” said Osa Enebish of the restaurant. “Our back door – it was left open and we fixed that door, so she could have gone through that door, we don’t know.”

In February, the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment discovered 12 critical health code issues at Mount Fuji, including rodent droppings found in storage cabinets.

Inspectors discovered additional rodent activity in August, according to a spokesperson.

The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment sent the following statement regarding the video:

“We had a regular inspection at Mount Fuji on 08/20. Our inspector noticed 40-50 rodent droppings in the sushi bar area, liquor cabinets, the floor around the sushi bar’s ice maker and under the cooler. They were ordered to take care of it. So when our inspector returned on 08/28 he said the violations had been corrected. We sent an inspector again on September 25 because our team also saw this video on Facebook that you have. No one lodged a complaint. He found no trace of rodents. Evidence may include items such as: mouse droppings, nesting material, opened food packages, live / dead mice. There was therefore no corrective action to be taken.

Mount Fuji remains open and says issues will be resolved.

“Everything is fine,” Enebish said. “They checked everything.


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