Update: The restaurant passed inspection on Tuesday, Nov. 20, and was allowed to reopen by the Kansas City Health Department.
The Kansas City Health Department has closed a westside restaurant after a health inspector found a fully intact dead buck inside a basement freezer.
Los Alamos Market and Cocina at 1667 Summit St. cannot reopen until the restaurant owner meets with health inspectors to work out concerns.
Owner Agustin Juarez told KCTV5's Emily Rittman that a customer on Thursday asked to put a deer in the basement freezer for a few hours. By Friday, the customer had not picked up the deer but a health inspector came by at 12:45 p.m. Friday and undertook a 2 1/2 hour inspection.
An employee told the health inspector that ice was normally stored inside that freezer.
Juarez said he is working to prove the deer was killed legally and was not contaminated. He said the deer will go to a processor.
He stressed that the dead deer never came in contact with food.
"All of the time it was in the freezer in the basement," Juarez said.
Out of an abundance of caution, Juarez said he will dispose of the freezer.
In addition to the dead deer, the health inspector found numerous other issues. Those issues included employees not properly washing their hands and one employee preparing tamales with bare hands rather than using a glove. Raw meat, cheese, sour cream and salsa were also not property stored. Dead and live roaches were seen in the basement.
The health department came back on Monday to re-inspect the restaurant, but didn't reopen it because of concerns that the deer had not been properly disposed of. They also want to make sure there was no cross contamination between the deer and food served to the public.
The health department is requiring written proof that a professional disposal company removes the deer and disposes of it rather than the owner just giving the deer away.
Juarez said he is working hard to get all the issues corrected because he said his family and his employees depend on the restaurant for their livelihood. He said employees won't be paid while the restaurant is closed.
He said he appreciates his faithful customers and promised to get the restaurant reopened as soon as possible.
"We're not hiding anything. We are still here and we hope we can see them (customers) as soon as they give us the OK," Juarez said.
Do you think it's necessary to show that the deer was properly disposed of by a professional company? Give us your thoughts on KCTV5's Facebook page. Click here.
Copyright 2012 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:03 PM EDT2013-05-21 17:03:10 GMT
Beaverton police said one man was shot at a condo near Progress Ridge early Tuesday morning. Just before 1 a.m., police received calls about gunfire at the condo in the 15000 block of southwest SparrowMore >
Reports of gunfire led Beaverton police to respond to a condo in the Progress Ridge area early this morning. More >
Citing a lack of leads, a police agency said Monday that it is closing the active investigation of the disappearance of Susan Powell, a Utah mother whose now-dead husband was a prime suspectMore >
The lawyer for the family of missing Utah woman Susan Powell said Tuesday that even as local police close the active part of their investigation into her disappearance, federal authorities continue to review the case - a...More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:27 AM EDT2013-05-21 15:27:32 GMT
A local horse is safe after crews pulled it out of a swimming pool in Corbett Monday morning.It happened at a home on Southeast Henkle road.Firefighters and an animal rescue crew went to the home.TheyMore >
A local horse is safe after crews pulled it out of a swimming pool in Corbett Monday morning.More >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:01 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:01:22 GMT
Sherwood police are trying to track down the person who left a hidden camera inside a bathroom at Starbucks. The hidden camera was discovered May 1. The Sherwood Police Department has been working closelyMore >
Sherwood police are trying to track down the person who left a hidden camera inside a bathroom at Starbucks.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:45 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:45:19 GMT
Police in Northwest Portland are investigating an armed robbery. Officers say a man with a gun approached the valet for Café Mingo, a restaurant on NW 21st Avenue, just after 7 p.m. Monday. The valetMore >
Police in Portland are looking for a man who robbed a valet at gunpoint.More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:01 PM EDT2013-05-21 17:01:29 GMT
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is pledging $1 million for tornado relief through his family foundation. The American Red Cross announced Tuesday that the gift from The Durant Family FoundationMore >
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is pledging $1 million for tornado relief through his family foundation.More >