Archive for Monday, August 6, 2012

Inspection results of Lawrence restaurants

August 6, 2012


In November, the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s food inspectors visited 41 Lawrence restaurants, finding 133 critical violations, which are violations of the food code that could cause a foodborne illness. As part of a continuing Journal-World project, we’re collecting data from all Lawrence restaurant inspections and entering it into a searchable database and online map.

Click here to search reports directly. Some restaurants are not on the list because they have yet to be inspected in 2012. However, restaurants are inspected at least once per year.

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November restaurant inspections

Restaurant inspection results for Lawrence restaurants in November.

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Full restaurant inspection results 2012

This searchable charts shows the results for all Lawrence restaurants inspected in the first 11 months of 2012.

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Restaurant inspection map

A map of restaurant inspection violations for the first 10 months of 2012. : * If inspection reports don't open in Firefox browser, try Google Chrome or Safari.


Paula Kissinger 5 years ago

Yes...want to see if they are still serving up road kill...

Steve Jacob 5 years ago

Everybody seems to hate chain restaurants, but the top violators are all local.

Carol Braden 5 years ago

El Matador had zero violations and is locally owned - owned by the same family as when it opened in the 50s. I believe it's the oldest restaurant in Lawrence - can't think of any that has been open longer.

Matthew Herbert 5 years ago

Excellent observation srj- having worked for a couple "chains" in high school nearly 15 years ago, I can attest that the corporate inspections were far more intrusive than anything the health department/city offered.

Mark Zwahl 5 years ago

So here's a question: Why are locally owned coffee shops on this list, but nary a one of the many Starbucks in town? They get a pass on inspections, or just having the results published?

arylwren 5 years ago

srj, Renaissance- I noticed that, too. That makes me sad though because I prefer to support local businesses. On the other hand, I've only felt sick after eating at chain places. Maybe quality of food trumps safety at times?

Clickker 5 years ago

I had the trots after I ate at the old BK...I think it was the mayo in my Whopper.

Hooligan_016 5 years ago

I don't know what it is, BK's just always seem dirty (however, I haven't been in one in a couple of years).

Sherry Warren 5 years ago

every time I have eaten at BK I have been sick. One end or the other, sometimes both. Same with the old Valentino's. I loved that place but something about them didn't love me.

JayCat_67 5 years ago

My wife still balks at eating at Hardees after we got sick at one in Georgia. They've since been bought out by Carl's Junior and the food quality is much better.

naturalist 5 years ago

Shaun, why isn't Genovese on this list?

jafs 5 years ago

Restaurants are inspected once a year, and we haven't gotten to the end of this year yet, so there are bound to be a number of restaurants that haven't been inspected yet.

Shaun Hittle 5 years ago

Thanks jafs. Sorry I didn't get to this earlier, been covering the polls.

But naturalist, if you want to check Genovese over the years, you can search them here:

tomatogrower 5 years ago

I bet half of the kitchens in Kansas wouldn't pass the inspection. Unless it's a gross violation, it's probably not going to kill you. It doesn't list what the violations are, so how do you know if it's all that serious?

Shaun Hittle 5 years ago

If you click on the links, it'll show you what the violations are. But I think many people would agree that many of them don't seem terribly serious. Usually the ones with the gross pests stuff get shutdown are were noted in the first article on this.

jafs 5 years ago

By definition, "critical" violations are ones that can affect public health.

Evidently 5 years ago

"Critical violations are more likely to directly contribute to food contamination, foodborne illnesses, or environmental health hazards. Critical violations must be corrected during the inspection. Establishments unable to correct violations during the inspection will receive a follow-up inspection." From Wichita Department of Environmental Services.

Not as serious as it sounds; sometimes they can be things as minor as improper footwear. The bigger issue is habitual violators and large numbers of violations. If they're serious issues, as mentioned by someone above, the restaurant will be shut down until it resolves the issue.

LadyJ 5 years ago

I see all the schools and KU related student places listed. What I don't see is any of the preschools and child care centers which do serve food. Are these inspected by a different agency? I think they should be inspect by the same agency as these guys. Does anyone know?

Fatty_McButterpants 5 years ago

Gross. It looks like I'll be dining at home tonight instead!

EJ Mulligan 5 years ago

I am officially repulsed by El Mezcal. Will be avoiding those for the foreseeable future.

The other surprise -- Papa Keno's with hardly any violations?! Times they are a changin'.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years ago

Here's a really fun and informative experiment:

1) Buy a fluorescent black light (UV light).

2) Wait until night time.

3) Shut off all the house lights.

4) Wave the fluorescent black light around in your kitchen.

5) Gasp in horror at how filthy it is, despite its apparent cleanliness under ordinary light.

whatever95 5 years ago

I'm glad I don't belong to Lawrence Country Club - GROSS! I'd be pissed to PAY for membership and have that many violations.

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