Area restaurants, grocers cited for health code violations

Updated: 2012-11-22T05:36:50Z

The Kansas Department of Agriculture cited these restaurants for six or more critical health code violations. Most critical violations are corrected at the time of the inspection.

•  Carmen’s Cocina II, 15926 Mur-Len Road, Olathe, had seven critical violations during an Oct. 16 routine inspection. They included: Employee touched sliced tomatoes with bare hands while putting them into a container, and raw chicken stored over raw pork in the walk-in cooler.

Restaurant officials could not be reached for comment.

•  Chartroose Caboose, 10636 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, had six critical violations during an Oct. 31 follow-up inspection. They included: Chicken, rice, sliced tomatoes and lettuce ribbons held at improper temperatures.

“Everything has been corrected. Most of it was a cooler problem that had to be repaired,” said Todd LaPorte, manager.

The restaurant had 15 critical violations during an Oct. 23 routine inspection.

•  Fronteras Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, 7779 Quivira Road, Lenexa, had 14 critical violations during a Nov. 6 routine inspection. They included: Employee handled raw chicken then washed hands without soap for less than 20 seconds, employee handled dirty dishes and then clean dishes without washing hands in-between, and employee handled dirty rag and then ready-to-eat burrito without washing hands in-between or changing gloves.

The owner said the violations had been corrected.

•  Hy-Vee Food Store, 13550 W. 63rd St., Shawnee, had eight critical violations during a Nov. 2 routine inspection. They included: Container of shredded lettuce with a prep date of Oct. 22, and six boxes of raw chicken stored over raw pork.

“We corrected everything right away,” said Steve Brown, manager of perishables.

•  Pei Wei Asian Diner, 9222 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, had seven critical violations during an Oct. 15 routine inspection. They included: Employee touched soiled dishes to load the dishwasher and then handled clean dishes, and raw chicken was held at improper temperatures.

In a statement the company said: “Pei Wei Asian Diner takes the health and safety record at our over 200 locations very seriously. This specific matter is being looked into and swift action will be taken as necessary.”

•  Sunny China, 4633 Shawnee Drive, Kansas City, Kan., had six critical violations during a Nov. 5 inspection following a complaint. They included: Raw beef stored above raw celery in cooler (raw beef moved) and shrimp, raw ginger and raw snow peas stored in plastic “thank you” bags in the cooler.

The owner had no comment.

•  Tapatio Mexican Grill, 151 S. 18th St., Suite A, Kansas City, Kan., had seven critical violations during an Oct. 16 routine inspection. They included: Raw beef stored above corn tortilla, raw sausage stored above carrots, and raw chicken stored above cans of Coke and dried peppers in the cooler. The restaurant had six critical violations during an Oct. 26 follow-up inspection. They included: Raw sausages stored above onions and limes.

A manager the violations have been corrected.

For complete inspection reports on Kansas restaurant operations, go to

The Environmental Health Division of the Jackson County Public Works Department cited Planet Sub, 1740 N.W. Chipman Road, Lee’s Summit, for three critical violations during an Oct. 25 inspection. They included: Meatballs and cooked chicken held at improper temperatures.

“We fixed the problems right then and there,” said Matt Macko, general manager.

For complete Jackson County inspection reports, go to

Kansas City

The Kansas City Health Department temporarily closed two West Side operations.

•  The kitchen at Los Alamos Market y Cocina, 1667 Summit St., on Friday when meat from an unapproved source was found at the operation.

The inspector found a buck/deer carcass in a chest freezer. According to the report, the owner said he was keeping it as a favor to a friend. The restaurant had 13 critical violations during the inspection. Los Alamos may not prepare, cook, serve or sell food to the public until the permit holder meets with the Health Department, and an inspector conducts a re-inspection and observes that all violations noted on the report have been corrected.

While the kitchen to the restaurant is temporarily closed, the market is open.

•  The Blue Bird Bistro, 1700 Summit St., temporarily closed Monday due to a back-up in the three compartment sink. During the inspection the restaurant had six critical violations including live roaches on the prep table and an old deli-slicer area of the kitchen (the most recent pest control invoice was dated Oct. 31). It re-inspected and allowed to reopen on Monday.

“The areas in question were where no food prep or food storage occurs,” said Jane Zieha, owner. “We cooperated fully. We corrected the issues and put into place procedures so that we will always be in compliance. We take food and health very seriously and we will continue to strive for perfection.”

Future reports also will now include restaurant with numerous health code violations in Clay County and Cass County.

| Joyce Smith,

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