April health code inspections: No Douglas County organizations found out of compliance during limited inspections

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No Douglas County organizations failed health code inspections in April.

That is partly because only four organizations in the area were subjected to state inspections, as most of the operation is still suspended for the coronavirus pandemic.

Heather Lansdowne, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Agriculture, previously told the Journal-World that the department suspended routine health code inspections when the state put much of its food and lodging staff on administrative leave on March 23 to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In the meantime, the department is conducting only complaint and licensing inspections, she said.

Despite the state’s plan to begin reopening over the next month, Lansdowne said in an email Thursday that the state had not set a specific date for in-person, routine inspections to begin again.

Three of the four organizations that received inspections were for licensing purposes, which are required to open a new business, Lansdowne said. Those businesses — Corner Market, 1802 W. 23rd St.; Wild Alive, 1551 North 1500 Road; and El Matador Cafe, 446 Locust St. — were all found in compliance.

Blue Moose, 525 Wakarusa Drive, was the only business to receive an inspection because of a complaint. The restaurant had an inspection on April 15, but no violations were found and the restaurant is currently listed as in compliance.

Some other businesses found out of compliance in February have not yet received follow-up inspections: Baan Thai Restaurant, 741 Massachusetts St.; Arby’s, 4671 W. Sixth St.; Yankee Tank Brewing, 807 E. 23rd St., Suite J; and Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 1115 Massachusetts St.

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