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The Kansas City Star

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The Kansas Department of Agriculture has cited several area restaurants for six or more critical health code violations.

„fAri¡¦s Greek Restaurant, 2049 E. Santa Fe, Olathe, had eight critical violations during a June 2 routine inspection. They included: uncovered bowl of raw pooled eggs kept above open container of cooked lamb shanks, and handle for hot water missing at hand-sink. It had three critical violations during a June 15 follow-up inspection.

¡§We corrected the sink and all the other items that needed to be corrected and we are ready to continue to do regular business,¡¨ said Ari Camburako, partner.

„fLa Estrella Authentic Mexican Restaurante, 401 S. Parker St., Olathe, had 11 critical violations during a May 13 routine inspection. They included: Raw goat carcass from an unapproved source in black trash bag in walk-in cooler (a partner was planning to use it for a private party) and plants/herbs were drying on sheet pans but not identified as to type or source. (The items were put in the partner¡¦s truck)

It had one critical violation during a May 20 follow-up inspection.

The owners could not be reached for comment.

„fFast Trip, 4039 Metropolitan Ave., Kansas City, Kan., had six critical violations during a June 1 licensing inspection. They included: Raw chicken stored over soda in walk-in cooler, and cappuccino dispensers had accumulation of old food powder debris. A re-inspection had not been posted by Thursday afternoon.

¡§I¡¦ve spent $500 and corrected things in that store. The store is totally new now with a new manager and a new look,¡¨ said Mayan Saxena, foloowner.

„fHallbrook Country Club, 11300 Overbrook Road, Leawood, had eight critical violations during a June 8 routine inspection. They included: Mold on equipment, and steak soup with a prep date of May 9, beyond the allowable time frame.

It had four critical violations during a June 9 follow-up inspection.

The manager had no comment.

„fHo Ki Chinese Restaurant, 6010 Nieman Road, Shawnee, had 11 critical violations during a June 3 follow-up inspection. They included: Missing water handle of dish room sink and clogged drains, and dented metal cans of bamboo shoots that were not removed from previous inspection.

A re-inspection had not been posted by Thursday afternoon.

The owners did not return phone calls.

„fJazz a Louisiana Kitchen, 1859 Village West Parkway, Suite 102, Kansas City, Kan., had seven critical violations during a June 8 inspection following a complaint. They included: Raw chicken stored over raw fish, and 20-to-30 fruit flies flying about in the kitchen, at the ice maker and in the bar area. A re-inspection had not been posted by Thursday afternoon.

¡§The fruit flies are being dealt with by our pest control company which does a bi-monthly service,¡¨ said Damian Farris, general manager.

„fMi Ranchito No. 6, 8550 W. 151st St., Overland Park, had seven critical violations during a May 14 inspection following a complaint. They included: Cooks not wearing gloves until the inspection was underway, and more than 20 roaches in various stages of maturity in the storage room, 10 infant and two adult roaches inside box of register tape, and other roaches on shelving and service pans/ trays.

It had two critical violations during its June 15 follow-up inspection.

¡§We have a professional pest company and for some reason or another they were not spraying throughout the restaurant,¡¨ said Rulber Delatorre, owner. ¡§So now when we spray we move all the boxes. I¡¦m not blaming them for what happened but I think we have the problem solved. Once or twice a year I send my managers and some staff in for training which I will do the next time Johnson County has a class.¡¨

„fPepe¡¦s, 3208 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kan., had eight critical violations during a June 7 routine inspection. They included: 25-to-35 fresh mouse droppings on the floor in the hot water heater closet where soda and single service cups are stored, and 7-to-10 houseflies flying around the kitchen, landing on walls, tabletops, countertops and people.

A re-inspection had not been posted by Thursday afternoon.

The owner had no comment.

„fPrice Chopper, 11700 W. 135th St., Overland Park, had eight critical violations during a May 11 routine inspection. They included: Sausage and baked chicken in the hot case, and cottage cheese and tuna on the salad bar, held at improper temperatures, and employee eating chips with gloves on but then pulled chicken for chicken salad without washing hands.

It had no critical violations during a May 25 follow-up inspection.

¡§Most of it was employees just not thinking. We did a quick retraining, had them read the literature and sign off on it so they understand the importance of sanitation,¡¨ said Carl Thompkins, store manager. ¡§In the salad bar they were stacking things a little too high so it looked good but was not keeping things cool as they were supposed to. I think someone turned the temperature down on the hot case but I called a repairman in to just make sure that the machine was functioning right.¡¨

For complete inspection reports from the Kansas Department of Agriculture, visit: www.ksda.gov/food_safety/content/336FOLO Restaurants inspected by Environmental Health Division of the Jackson County Public Works Department with multiple critical violations.

„fBuffet Garden, 12408 Blue Ridge, Grandview, had five critical violations during a June 9 inspection including chicken products and cottage cheese kept at improper temperatures and mice feces behind racks in store room.

¡§We¡¦ve been improving things since they mentioned it to us and we will follow the rules and do whatever we can because we are in the service business,¡¨ said Maggie Liu, a partner.

Area restaurants cited for health code violations By Joyce Smith

The Kansas Department of Agriculture has cited several area restaurants for six or more critical health code violations.

„fAri¡¦s Greek Restaurant, 2049 E. Santa Fe, Olathe, had eight critical violations during a June 2 routine inspection. They included: uncovered bowl of raw pooled eggs kept above open container of cooked lamb shanks, and handle for hot water missing at hand-sink. It had three critical violations during a June 15 follow-up inspection.

¡§We corrected the sink and all the other items that needed to be corrected and we are ready to continue to do regular business,¡¨ said Ari Camburako, partner.

„fLa Estrella Authentic Mexican Restaurante, 401 S. Parker St., Olathe, had 11 critical violations during a May 13 routine inspection. They included: Raw goat carcass from an unapproved source in black trash bag in walk-in cooler (a partner was planning to use it for a private party) and plants/herbs were drying on sheet pans but not identified as to type or source. (The items were put in the partner¡¦s truck)

It had one critical violation during a May 20 follow-up inspection.

The owners could not be reached for comment.

„fFast Trip, 4039 Metropolitan Ave., Kansas City, Kan., had six critical violations during a June 1 licensing inspection. They included: Raw chicken stored over soda in walk-in cooler, and cappuccino dispensers had accumulation of old food powder debris. A re-inspection had not been posted by Thursday afternoon.

¡§I¡¦ve spent $500 and corrected things in that store. The store is totally new now with a new manager and a new look,¡¨ said Mayan Saxena, foloowner.

„fHallbrook Country Club, 11300 Overbrook Road, Leawood, had eight critical violations during a June 8 routine inspection. They included: Mold on equipment, and steak soup with a prep date of May 9, beyond the allowable time frame.

It had four critical violations during a June 9 follow-up inspection.

The manager had no comment.

„fHo Ki Chinese Restaurant, 6010 Nieman Road, Shawnee, had 11 critical violations during a June 3 follow-up inspection. They included: Missing water handle of dish room sink and clogged drains, and dented metal cans of bamboo shoots that were not removed from previous inspection.

A re-inspection had not been posted by Thursday afternoon.

The owners did not return phone calls.

„fJazz a Louisiana Kitchen, 1859 Village West Parkway, Suite 102, Kansas City, Kan., had seven critical violations during a June 8 inspection following a complaint. They included: Raw chicken stored over raw fish, and 20-to-30 fruit flies flying about in the kitchen, at the ice maker and in the bar area. A re-inspection had not been posted by Thursday afternoon.

¡§The fruit flies are being dealt with by our pest control company which does a bi-monthly service,¡¨ said Damian Farris, general manager.

„fMi Ranchito No. 6, 8550 W. 151st St., Overland Park, had seven critical violations during a May 14 inspection following a complaint. They included: Cooks not wearing gloves until the inspection was underway, and more than 20 roaches in various stages of maturity in the storage room, 10 infant and two adult roaches inside box of register tape, and other roaches on shelving and service pans/ trays.

It had two critical violations during its June 15 follow-up inspection.

¡§We have a professional pest company and for some reason or another they were not spraying throughout the restaurant,¡¨ said Rulber Delatorre, owner. ¡§So now when we spray we move all the boxes. I¡¦m not blaming them for what happened but I think we have the problem solved. Once or twice a year I send my managers and some staff in for training which I will do the next time Johnson County has a class.¡¨

„fPepe¡¦s, 3208 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kan., had eight critical violations during a June 7 routine inspection. They included: 25-to-35 fresh mouse droppings on the floor in the hot water heater closet where soda and single service cups are stored, and 7-to-10 houseflies flying around the kitchen, landing on walls, tabletops, countertops and people.

A re-inspection had not been posted by Thursday afternoon.

The owner had no comment.

„fPrice Chopper, 11700 W. 135th St., Overland Park, had eight critical violations during a May 11 routine inspection. They included: Sausage and baked chicken in the hot case, and cottage cheese and tuna on the salad bar, held at improper temperatures, and employee eating chips with gloves on but then pulled chicken for chicken salad without washing hands.

It had no critical violations during a May 25 follow-up inspection.

¡§Most of it was employees just not thinking. We did a quick retraining, had them read the literature and sign off on it so they understand the importance of sanitation,¡¨ said Carl Thompkins, store manager. ¡§In the salad bar they were stacking things a little too high so it looked good but was not keeping things cool as they were supposed to. I think someone turned the temperature down on the hot case but I called a repairman in to just make sure that the machine was functioning right.¡¨

For complete inspection reports from the Kansas Department of Agriculture, visit: www.ksda.gov/food_safety/content/336FOLO Restaurants inspected by Environmental Health Division of the Jackson County Public Works Department with multiple critical violations.

„fBuffet Garden, 12408 Blue Ridge, Grandview, had five critical violations during a June 9 inspection including chicken products and cottage cheese kept at improper temperatures and mice feces behind racks in store room.

¡§We¡¦ve been improving things since they mentioned it to us and we will follow the rules and do whatever we can because we are in the service business,¡¨ said Maggie Liu, a partner.

To see the complete report from the Environmental Health Division of the Jackson County Public Works Department, visit: http://www.jacksongov.org/FSI/folo

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