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The latest area restaurant health inspections

Updated: 2014-02-21T20:12:09Z

The Kansas City Health Department cited these operations for seven or more critical health code violations. Most critical violations are corrected at the time of the inspection.

• Golden Corral, 8320 N. Church Road, had 9 critical violations during a Jan. 21 inspection, including chicken in the holding box and beans, rice, gravy and cabbage on the steam table held at improper temperatures.

Bob McDevitt, senior vice president of franchising, said in a statement: “First, our policy is to operate our restaurants at the highest health department ratings and in the cleanest and safest conditions for our guests. In the situation you mentioned the health department observed conditions that did not meet this standard. Each of the conditions observed was immediately corrected on site with the health department present.”

It had no critical violations during a Jan. 28 follow-up inspection and five critical violations during a Feb. 13 inspection following a complaint.

•  Kate’s Kitchen, 8002 North Oak Trafficway, had eight critical violations during a Feb. 10 routine inspection, including employee handled raw chicken while touching cooler door, container of milk and clean pans without washing their hands between tasks.

“It was the fourth or fifth inspector that we have had in the four or five years that we have been open and each one uses different criteria,” said David Hendrix, owner. “We have always been compliant to whatever the new inspector would like to address.”

It had one critical violation during a Feb. 19 follow-up inspection.

•  California Pizza Kitchen, 4743 Pennsylvania Ave., had seven critical violations during a Feb. 3 inspection, including container of cooked chicken next to container of raw chicken (cooked chicken moved to another cooler drawer to avoid contamination).

Officials with California Pizza Kitchen declined to comment.

It had no critical violations during a Feb. 10 follow-up inspection.

•  Carniceria El Torito, 6200 Independence Ave., had seven violations during a Jan. 30 routine inspection, including pork and chicken held at improper temperatures (food discarded).

“A food display case was broken and it was replaced by a new one,” said Luis Flores, general manager.

It had no critical violations during a Feb. 7 follow-up inspection.

•  Church’s Chicken, 13131 State Line Road, had seven critical violations during a Jan. 21 inspection, including food stored in the steam well and the hot holding unit was not held at the proper temperatures (food discarded).

It had one critical violation during a Jan. 27 follow-up inspection. It had no critical violations during a Feb. 3 follow-up inspection.

“We are doing our best to train everybody so we can keep an eye on food safety,” said Santiago Salgado, manager.

•  54th Street Grill & Bar, 303 N.E. Englewood Road, had seven critical violations during a Feb. 3 routine inspection, including employee washed hands for less than 20 seconds after bringing dirty dishes to the dish line.

“We take the cleanliness of our restaurants and adhering to health code standards very seriously and we take pride in our performance in these and all areas,” said Jeff Williams, area director. “We were very disappointed with this inspection but all the violations were corrected at the time of the inspection.”

It had 2 critical violations during a Feb. 12 follow-up inspection.

•  Gallery Lounge, Sheraton Suites Country Club Plaza, 770 W. 47th St., had seven critical violations during a Feb. 10 routine inspection, including container of gravy with a date of Feb. 2, beyond the seven day limit (gravy discarded).

“Everything was corrected on-site,” said Cesar Sanchez, director of food and beverage.

It had no critical violations during a Feb. 13 follow-up inspection.

•  Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs, 10119 State Line Road, had seven critical violations during a Feb. 6 routine inspection, including cooked chicken, sliced tomatoes, and steak held at improper temperatures (food discarded).

“Prior to the inspection we apparently had a cooler not operating properly as well as a thermometer not reading properly,” said Faith Tuttle, area manager. “At the time of the inspection we immediately discarded the product and quickly replaced both the cooler and the thermometer.”

It had no critical violations during a Feb. 10 follow-up inspection.

For complete reports, visit: http://www.inspectionsonline.us/foodsafety/mousakansascity/search.htm

The Kansas Department of Agriculture cited these operations for seven or more health code violations. Most priority violations are corrected at the time of the inspection.

•  Ninfa’s, 964 Kansas Ave., Kansas City, Kan., had nine priority violations during a Jan. 30 routine inspection, including dried food debris on knives, food contact lids and in the microwave.

“Everything has been corrected,” said Mike Garza, owner.

Ninfa’s had no priority violations during a Feb. 20 follow-up inspection.

•  The Market, 25600 W. Valley Parkway, Olathe, had nine critical violations during a Feb. 11 routine inspection, including whipped cream held at improper temperatures (whipped cream discarded).

“Most of the violations were corrected on the spot before the inspector left,” said Sanjeev Goyal, owner and supervisor.

• Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, 1501 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kan., had seven priority violations during a Feb. 3 routine inspection, including employee handled soiled dishes and then handled clean dishes without washing their hands between tasks.

Beth Collins, spokeswoman for Lone Star, said in a statement: “Lone Star Steakhouse enforces stringent sanitary procedures in all areas of our restaurants. This particular issue has been addressed with the individual employee as well the entire staff at this location. The circumstances were addressed and corrected immediately.”

Lone Star had two priority violations during a Feb. 13 follow-up inspection.

For complete Kansas Department of Agriculture inspection reports, go to http://agriculture.ks.gov/divisions-programs/food-safety-lodging/inspection-results

To reach Joyce Smith, call 816-234-4692 or send email to jsmith@kcstar.com. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter at JoyceKC

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