WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - From D.C.'s Southwest Waterfront to Chinatown to Falls Church, health violations ranging from mice to operating without hot water temporarily closed several restaurants in December.
New Big Wong, Pruitt's Seafood, and Llaymanta suspended.
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Food Alert crew ordered to leave Bolivian restaurant in Falls Church
In Falls Church, Va., the owner of Llataymanta Restaurant on Arlington Blvd in Falls Church refused to allow our crew to view the kitchen after we waited an hour for them to bring in a required staff person trained and certified in safe food handling.
When we arrived a waitress acknowledged no one was on duty who was licensed by the county.
Fairfax County Health suspended the restaurant in December citing repeated violations of the requirement to have a trained food safety manager on the premises.
Inspectors also cited the Bolivian restaurant for hand washing violations, dirty slicers, mixers, cutting boards , and unclean ice bin.
We waited an hour until a man showed up claiming he had a license to serve and supervise sanitary food conditions.
He did not show us his identification and an owner ordered us to leave without examining conditions in the kitchen.
New Big Wong suspended for mice, other violations, in Chinatown
In Chinatown, inspectors cited New Big Wong on H St NW for mice droppings, contamination control, dirty floors, soiled equipment, food at unsafe temperatures, and dirty fish tanks in the dining room and kitchen.
The manager said he didn't want to talk and wouldn't allow us inside the kitchen to see conditions.
Popular Waterfront seafood suspended for second time in two years
At the Southwest Waterfront fish market, inspectors closed Pruitt Seafood.
When we arrived at the Waterfront landmark, customers were already lining up to buy - from fish to oysters.
Before we left, at least one man had thrown his food in the trash.
Health department records show a closure order and five citations during their December inspection along with another closure two years ago with 32 sanitation citations.
In the December inspection, officials cited Pruitt workers for not washing their hands, not staffing a required safe food handler, and no hot water.
While we were there, a woman showed us her license proving a certified sanitation manager is on duty now, and allowed us to test their water, which was hot.
All the businesses passed health department re-inspections and reopened to regular business.