A pest control problem has temporarily shut down one of the citys best-known restaurants, Arthur Bryants Barbeque on the citys east side.
By JOYCE SMITH
The Kansas City Star
The Kansas City Health Department received a complaint about a pest control issue at the restaurant at 1727 Brooklyn Ave. on Aug. 28.
During an inspection Aug. 29, Arthur Bryants was cited for not having effective pest control measures in place. Mouse droppings were observed in several areas, along with live roaches. The inspection report also lists several other critical health code violations.
Arthur Bryants voluntarily closed down after the inspection and has remained closed until the problems could be corrected.
The establishment is correcting the problem voluntarily before corrective action had to be mandated by the Health Department, said Jeff Hershberger, spokesman for the department, in a statement. At this time, they have submitted a very detailed corrective action plan detailing the work that they have done and that they plan to continue doing. They should be ready to reopen within the next day or two.
Officials with Arthur Bryants couldnt be reached for comment. Bryants in recent years has added locations at Ameristar Casino and Village West near Kansas Speedway.
Bryants became famous in part because it was near the old Municipal Stadium, where the Kansas City Athletics and Chiefs played. Its fans have included author Calvin Trillin, who declared it the single best restaurant in the world, and Presidents Harry Truman and Jimmy Carter.
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