The City of Independence Environmental Health Division conducts inspections anywhere food is handled, prepared and served to the public within city limits. Critical violations must be handled within 72 hours.
• Olive Garden, 13910 E. U.S. 40 – On Aug. 23, inspectors found mushroom sauce at 125 degrees; discarded.
• Popeyes, 19510 E. U.S. 40 – On Aug. 23, there was no employee on duty with a valid Independence Food Manager Card; 2 managers/shift leaders must transfer their ServSafe to an Independence Food Manager Card by Sept. 17. A spray bottle of restroom cleaner was found on the prep table and hanging in the drive thru.
• Papa John's, 12501 E. U.S. 40 – On Aug. 24, there was no food service manager on premises.
• Edible Arrangements, 18921 E. Valley View Pkwy. – On Aug. 27, materials not needed for operation and maintenance were stored at the facility.
• Englewood Cafe, 10904 Winner Road – On Aug. 27, multiple cockroaches were found near electrical boxes by the rear exit door in the kitchen; restaurant closed due to live cockroaches, they must call to be reopened once all the cockroaches have been eliminated.
• Natural Grocers, 19019 E. 48th St. S. – On Aug. 27, the kitchen staff employee attempted to put on gloves without washing her hands
• Pie Five Pizza Co., 18921 E. Valley View Pkwy. – On Aug. 27, the kitchen staff were not their washing hands before putting on gloves, one was eating in the food prep area, and one was dispensing food without properly restraining hair. A member of the kitchen staff was dispensing food with inappropriate facial piercing; repeat violation.
• American Legion 21, 16701 E. U.S. 40 – On Aug. 29, the hand sink in the bar had a sanitizer bucket in the basin, with rubber gloves and bottle of Windex on the edge.
• Jimmy Johns, 20120 E. Jackson Drive – On Aug. 29, no employee had a Food Service Manager card on premises; 2 managers must obtain an Independence Food Manager card by Oct. 8.
– Jillayne Ritchie