The Jackson County Public Works/Environmental Health Division conducts inspections anywhere food is handled, prepared and served to the public for cities other than Independence.

Blue Springs

Subway, 600 N.E. Coronado Drive – On Aug. 16, the soda nozzles had an accumulation of black build-up; corrected. The knives and knife holder used to cut prepared sandwiches were not cleaned every 4 hours; corrected.

Back Yard Burgers, 1900 N.W. M-7 – On Aug. 17, inspectors found the splash hose lower than the flood level. Soups held in the walk-in cooler were past the discard by date; discarded. Toxic chemicals were stored next to the salt and pepper below the fountain machine in the dining area.

Lunar Bowl, 2001 N.W. M-7 – On Aug. 17, the beverage gun nozzles had build-up.

Sonic Drive-In, 2323 N. M-7 – On Aug. 17, hot dogs held in the reach-in cooler were past their marked discard by date; discarded. The base inside the soda nozzles was dirty.

Sinclairs Restaurant, 1402 N.W. M-7 – On Aug. 18, the cook was observed touching bread without wearing gloves; bread was discarded and education was provided. Food held in the walk-in and prep coolers were past the 7 days safety mark; repeat violation, re-inspection required. The sanitizing solution in the buckets did not have the proper concentration of quat sanitizer. Employees were observed putting on gloves without washing hands. There was black and slimy build-up inside the ice machine and on the shield; re-inspection required.

Firehouse Subs, 715 N.W. M-7 – On Aug. 21, cold, potentially hazardous foods in the make table were not held at 41 degrees or below; establishment was allowed to remove top layer of food and place it in a different cooler because food containers had been refilled less than 1 hour prior, re-inspection required. An employee was observed putting on gloves without first washing hands; corrected through discussion.

The Smoothie Shop, 613 S.W. U.S. 40 – On Aug. 21, food held in the reach-in cooler/make table had an internal temperature between 46-48 degrees; all out of temperature food was discarded, re-inspection required. There was food debris on the dishes stored on the clean dish rack and the clean dish rack had an accumulation of build-up and food debris; re-inspection required.

Walmart Neighborhood Market, 1700 N.W. M-7 – On Aug. 23, an open can of soda was found on a prep table in the deli department.

Minsky's Pizza, 2201 N. M-7 – On Aug. 23, the sanitizing solution buckets did not have the proper concentration of sanitizer.

Las Playas, 1016 N.W. Woods Chapel Road – On Aug. 25, the can opener had a build-up of food debris; corrected.

Panera Bread, 605 N.E. Coronado Drive – On Aug. 28, food was being held above 41 degrees in a cooler drawer; re-inspection required.


Thriftway, 012 E. Monroe – On Aug. 18, chemical bottles were left on the prep table of meat cutting room.

Sonic Drive-In, 118 E. U.S. 24 – On Aug. 18, build-up was observed on the base inside the soda nozzles. The manager was handling clean equipment without washing hands nor wearing gloves.


VFW Post 3976, 12810 Kentucky Road – On Aug. 21, a lit cigarette was observed in an ashtray behind the bar; corrected.

Lake Lotawana

Canoe Club, 27905 E. Colbern Road – On Aug. 25, the small reach-in cooler at the end of the line had an ambient temperature of 50 degrees; raw chicken was discarded, re-inspection required. Multiple bottles of chemicals were not labeled and chemicals were hanging next to the single-use gloves.

– Jillayne Ritchie