Pest control problem temporarily shuts down Arthur Bryant’s on Brooklyn Avenue

A pest control problem has temporarily shut down one of the city’s best-known restaurants, Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque on the city’s east side.

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 Bryant’s 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 Bryant’s 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 Bryant’s couldn’t be reached for comment. Bryant’s in recent years has added locations at Ameristar Casino and Village West near Kansas Speedway.

Bryant’s 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.