Six local facilities joined the Partnership for Food Safety, June 23.

Mesa County Health Department, today, recognized six Mesa County businesses for excellence.

Dos Hombres Clifton, No Coast Sushi Grand Junction, No Coast Sushi Fruita, The Commons of Hilltop, Judy’s Family Restaurant and Pablo’s Pizza Grand Junction were recognized as the first businesses to join the Partnership for Food Safety program.

The Partnership is a proactive approach to food safety that focuses on preventing outbreaks of foodborne illnesses.

Partnership for Food Safety program facilities meet the following criteria:

  • At least 90% of the facility’s food handlers have a Mesa County Food Handler Card or a ServSafe certificate.
  • A food safety certified manager is on-premises during all hours of operation.
  • The facility must show documentation of temperature logs, self-inspection forms, pest control contracts and other proactive procedures.
Paul Knaysi represented Pablo’s Pizza Grand Junction at the event. He is pictured with Consumer Protection Team staff members Regina Clark, left, Monique Mull, center, and Marcela Lucas.

Consumer Protection Manager Monique Mull, left, stands with No Coast Sushi Owners Chris and Lisa Boyd and staff members from both the Grand Junction and Fruita locations at the Partnership for Food Safety event.

Consumer Protection Team member Regina Clark, left, pauses for a picture with Kaitlynn Downer, center, and Bobbi Stout, who represented Judy’s Family Restaurant.

Dos Hombres Clifton Owner Spike Howard and his wife, Lori Howard, were all smiles with Consumer Protection Manager Monique Mull.

The Commons of Hilltop staff members worked together to meet Partnership for Food Safety requirements. The facility was represented by April Rino and Meghan Nedreckie at the event.
For more information on this voluntary program, visit