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Nine Kansas, Kansas City food operations cited for roach infestations

The following food establishments temporarily closed following an inspection by the Kansas Department of Agriculture. They have since reopened.

▪ Bichelmeyer Meats, 704 Cheyenne, Kansas City, Kan., had 3 priority violations during a May 10 routine inspection. The inspector found 6 live roaches in glue trays in the smoker room, 4 live roaches in other areas and dead roaches in glue traps.

It had 4 priority violations during a May 26 follow-up inspection when more live roaches were found and 1 live slug.

It had 2 priority violations during a May 27 reopening inspection when 5 live roaches were found.

It had 1 priority violation during a May 30 reopening inspection when 5 live roaches were found. The person in charge killed the roaches and also provided a pest control invoice for May 27.

“Those problems were brought to our attention and each time they were brought to our attention they were taken care of by our pest control company. We hired another pest control company to give us a new pair of eyes,” said Joe Bichelmeyer, owner. “We receive shipments every day and we feel like they were introduced into our building by a foreign source.”

▪ Bo Lings, 9576 Quivira Road, Lenexa, had 9 priority violations during a June 7 inspection following a complaint. The inspector found 40 to 50 live roaches were found throughout the restaurant. It had 1 priority violation during a June 8 reopening inspection when 1 live roach was found on the kitchen floor.

In a statement, president Richard Ng said, “We have addressed all the issues brought forth and we are working with our service providers to make sure we stay on top of things moving forward.”

▪ d’Bronx Deli & Pizzeria, 7070 W. 105th St., Overland Park, had 17 priority violations during a May 18 routine inspection. The inspector found 30 to 40 small flies in the kitchen and storage area, and more than 40 roaches. Its pest control company arrived during the inspection.

It had 2 priority violations during a May 19 reopening inspection when more than 40 live roaches were found.

It had 1 priority violation during a May 22 reopening inspection when 11 live roaches were found.

It had 10 priority violations during a June 1 follow-up inspection when about 20 live roaches were found.

The owner declined to comment.

▪ Korma Sutra, 7217 W. 110th St., Overland Park, had 5 priority violations during a May 12 follow-up inspection when 34 live roaches were found. It had no priority violations during a May 14 reopening inspection.

“We spray every week. We only had 25 roaches on May 12 and no roaches on May 14 and the pest control guy talked to the inspector,” said Singh Toor, owner.

▪ On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, 5200 W. 119th St., Leawood, had 5 priority violations during a May 31 routine inspection when about 75 live roaches were found.

It had 2 priority violations during a June 1 reopening inspection when more than 35 live roaches were found.

In a statement, On the Border management said: “On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina maintains some of the highest standards of restaurant cleanliness and operations. After a recent citing by the health department, our teams immediately took action to correct the issue. We are working diligently to prevent any similar incidents and ensure quality dining experiences for all our guests.”

▪ Santa Fe Cafe, 9946 W. 87th St., Overland Park, had 9 priority violations during a June 14 routine inspection. More than 75 live roaches were found in the restaurant. Pest control arrived during the inspection.

It had 2 priority violations during a June 15 reopening inspection when more than a dozen live roaches were found.

It had 1 priority violation during a June 16 follow-up inspection when 8 live roaches were found. Pest control was on-site during the inspection.

“Everything is being taken care of. We reopened June 16 and we are going to be reinspected. We are seeing absolutely none now,” said Marilyn Rugova, owner. “We have brand new ceiling tiles in the kitchen and we painted. We take this very seriously and it won’t happen again, I guarantee it.”

▪ Stanford’s Comedy Club, Legends Outlets, 1867 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kan., had 10 priority violations during a June 1 first operational inspection after licensing. The inspector found 15 to 20 live roaches in the kitchen and 25 to 30 small flies. The person in charge told the inspector he had contacted pest control but was unsure of the last visit to that location. He called pest control and left a message for an immediate visit the following morning.

It had 3 live roaches in the sink during a reopening inspection on June 6.

“We didn’t have to close any business days,” said Craig Glazer, director of operations. “When you have an open patio and all the weather we have had these little insects can come in and out and all you can do is spray.”

▪ Sunny China, 4633 Shawnee Drive, Kansas City, Kan., had 10 priority violations during a May 24 inspection following a complaint. The inspector found nearly 50 fresh mouse droppings and two live roaches.

It had no priority violations during a May 25 reopening inspection.

“We didn’t have mice before and we opened 11 years ago. The roaches were on glue traps, it’s not like they were running around,” said owner Jenny Lin.

For complete Kansas health inspections, visit http://agriculture.ks.gov/divisions-programs/food-safety-lodging/inspection-results

The Kansas City Health Department cited:

▪ Zocalo Mexican Cuisine & Tequileria, Country Club Plaza, 620 W. 48th St., had 6 critical violations during a June 15 routine inspection. It temporarily shut down after the inspector observed numerous roaches coming out of the missing floor-to-wall tile on the steps by the back exit door, by the dish racks and storage racks and other areas.

It had 1 critical violation during a June 16 follow-up inspection, 1 critical violation during a June 17 follow-up inspection and 1 critical violation during a June 20 follow-up inspection.

In a statement, owner Chris Ridler said, “Unfortunately, with Brush Creek and the heavy rains, combined with construction in the adjacent street to the north, we encountered some issues that have persisted. We have changed pest control companies and are working diligently with them to resolve the issues. Zocalo is committed to the highest standards of service for our guests.”

The Kansas City Health Department said the restaurant was closed for roach activity, so for it to re-open, the “issue has to be completely abated, which means no roaches.”

For complete Kansas City area reports, visit: http://www.inspectionsonline.us/foodsafety/mousakansascity/search.htm and search under the establishment’s name.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC

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