April 28, 2014

Restaurant and grocery store health code violations for April 28

Area restaurants cited for 7 or more critical or priority health code violations: Zocalo Mexican Cuisine & Tequileria, Taqueria Mexico, Granite City Food & Brewery, Minsky’s Pizza, Hy-Vee, and Margarita’s South. Most critical and priority violations are corrected at the time of the inspection.

Area food establishments cited for 7 or more priority and critical violations. Most violations are corrected at the time of the inspection.

The Kansas City Health Department cited these operations for 7 or more critical health code violations.


Zócalo Mexican Cuisine Tequileria

, 620 W. 48th St., had 10 critical violations during an April 14 routine inspection, including only 1 out of 4 employees had a food handler’s card and there was no certified manager in the food service area at the time of the inspection.

“We appreciate the partnership with the health department. We take any of the violations very seriously,” said John Hildebrand, operations manager for Zócalo. “We are addressing it immediately and we have our staff signed up to meet and surpass the current standards.”


Granite City Food Brewery

, 8461 N.W. Prairie View Road, had 8 critical violations during an April 23 routine inspection, including cooked noodles held at improper temperatures (noodles discarded).

“We worked with the health department to correct everything on-site and we look forward to the re-inspection to make sure everything is in order,” said Jared Lewis, general manager.


Minsky’s Pizza

, 7007 N.W. Barry Road, had 8 critical violations during an April 22 routine inspection, including black build-up in soda gun in front bar area (employee cleaned soda gun).

A manager declined to comment on the violations.



, 8301 N. St. Clair Ave., kitchen department, had 7 critical violations during an April 17 routine inspection, including pulled pork, egg rolls and sausage gravy held at improper temperatures.

“Everything has been corrected,” said Dan Wellinghoff, store director.


Margarita’s South

, 13401 Holmes Road, had 7 critical violations during an April 24 routine inspection, including staff members not washing hands after touching money, touching dirty dishes, and touching computer screens, or before handling chips and sauce.

“Everything has been properly addressed and we are ready for the re-inspection,” said Dave Quirarte, president.

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Taqueria Mexico

, 3300 Rainbow Blvd., had 9 priority violations during an April 21 routine inspection, including raw chicken stored above raw beef in the walk-in cooler.

“The delivery person left it stored in our cooler like that about a half hour before the inspector got there,” said Jose Alvarez, manager.

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