Here are area restaurants that recently shut down temporarily because of health code violations, with highlighted links to some of original public record reports by city or county health inspectors.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture has been transitioning to a new system and direct links to the reports are not available at this time.
Restaurants correct most violations at the time of the original inspection or shortly thereafter.
If an inspection or follow-up report needs clarification, restaurant and grocery store owners can call Joyce Smith at 816-234-4692 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Star will post appropriate responses online in the same online locations as the original report.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture temporarily suspended 6 area restaurants for health code violations.
▪ Arenosas Mexican Food, 1203 Kansas Ave., Kansas City, Kan., had 10 priority violations during a Jan. 7 routine inspection. It was temporarily shut down due to a roach infestation and no pest control invoice was provided to the inspector.
It had 1 priority violation during a reopening inspection on Jan. 8 when 2 roaches were found and the person in charge killed the roaches.
Restaurant officials did not return phone calls seeking comment on the violations.
▪ Big Bam’s Burgers, 5930 Nieman Road, Shawnee, had 3 priority violations during a routine inspection on Jan. 7. It was temporarily shut down due to a roach infestation.
It had 1 priority violation during a Jan. 8 reopening inspection when 20 dead roaches and 7 live roaches were found in the facility.
The owner said the violations have been corrected.
▪ Fast Trip, 4039 Metropolitan Ave., Kansas City, Kan., had 2 priority violations during a Jan. 8 follow-up inspection. The ceiling was leaking rain water onto the ice bin in the back food storage area — an imminent health hazard — so no food product can be sold until the facility fixes the problem and passes a follow-up inspection.
Fast Trip previously had 9 violations during a Nov. 17 routine inspection and was banned from selling food products because of the leaking ceiling. It had 1 priority violation during a Nov. 25 reopening inspection and was cited for the leaking ceiling, and 5 priority violations during a Dec. 14 follow-up inspection, including one for the leaking ceiling.
Store officials did not return phone calls.
▪ Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, 1501 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kan., had 17 priority violations during a Dec. 22 inspection following a complaint. It was temporarily shut down due to a roach infestation in the bar and kitchen areas.
It had 1 priority violation during a follow-up inspection on Dec. 23 for more live roaches but a pest control provider was onsite at the time of the inspection and the restaurant was allowed to reopen.
In a statement, Seth Stanton, executive general manager, said: “Lone Star Steakhouse takes any health code violation extremely seriously. The issues identified in this inspection were immediately addressed and corrected. We are committed to maintaining the highest health and safety standards and have taken this opportunity to reinforce appropriate standards and training for all our restaurant employees and service providers.”
▪ Pho Vietnam, 8602 W. 133rd St., Overland Park, had 12 priority violations during a Nov. 19 routine inspection. It was temporarily closed when the inspector found 59 live roaches, including 7 live roaches in the wok area.
It had 1 priority violation during a reopening inspection on Nov. 20 when 8 live roaches were found but the restaurant was allowed to reopen.
It had 6 priority violations during a Dec. 9 follow-up inspection including 2 live roaches and 2 dead roaches.
“We were closed for about a half a day and cleaned up,” said Si Dinh, manager.
▪ Taco Bell, 10540 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan., had 5 priority violations during a Jan. 13 routine inspection. It was temporarily shut down due to an imminent health hazard when the hot water did reach the proper temperature.
The restaurant had no priority violations during a follow-up inspection later that day and was allowed to reopen.
A manager declined to comment on the violations.
For complete Kansas health inspections, visit: http://agriculture.ks.gov/divisions-programs/food-safety-lodging/inspection-results
The Kansas City Health Department temporarily suspended two area restaurants for health code violations. They have since reopened.
▪ Bob’s N Motion, also known as Mr. Bob’s Place, 5709 Troost, was temporarily closed after an inspection on Dec. 22 due to “excessive cockroach and rodent activity.” It had 1 critical violation during a Dec. 29 follow-up inspection, and no critical violations during a Jan. 5 follow-up inspection.
The owner declined to comment on the violations.
▪ Panaderia de Las Americas, 826 Southwest Blvd., was temporarily shut down on Dec. 2 due to multiple critical and/or repeat violations. It had no critical violations during a Dec. 8 follow-up inspection.
A manager declined to comment declined to comment on the violations.
For complete Kansas City area reports, visit: http://www.inspectionsonline.us/foodsafety/mousakansascity/search.htm and then search under the establishment’s name.