President Obama's H. Street Bistro Choice, Smith Commons, On This Week's Sanitation Closure Report

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President at Smith Commons prior to sanitation closure. Getty Images.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) - A popular H Street restaurant patronized by the President of the United States is on this week's list of restaurants closed for health violations.

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Inspectors closed President Obama's H. Street destination, Smith Commons, the Food Lion deli in Gaithersburg, Crazy Down Home Seafood in Temple Hills, and Roma Pizza in Temple Hills for violations that put patrons at risk of becoming sick.

All have passed re-inspections and reopened.

See the photo gallery for Getty Images photos of the President's October visit to Smith Commons with winners of a contest for campaign supporters, along with images from other closure locations.

District of Columbia health inspectors cited Smith Commons for operating without hot water and without a staff member certified in managing food safety.

The trained staff member is required to identify health risks in the kitchen and hot water is required for hand washing.

District of Columbia Health Department documents indicate the hot water at Smith Commons was recorded at 62 degrees.

The menu at Smith Commons features duck breast, lamb chops, fish, steak and turducken (chicken breast with duck covered in its own fat, and turkey bacon.

Workers inside Smith Commons declined our interview request and didn't allow us to see improvements made to pass re-inspection.

In Gaithersburg, inspectors closed the Food Lion deli on Russell Ave., reporting multiple violations including operating with no hot water.

An assistant manager at Food Lion ordered us off the premises and did not allow us to see changes made to pass re-inspection.

"Given our stringent food safety practices, we regret this situation occurred," said Food Lion Spokeswoman Christy Phillips-Brown. "We quickly addressed the issues, including the replacement of the hot water heater element."

"Food Lion stores receive monthly food safety evaluations and are audited on a quarterly basis by an independent third party firm to further reinforce our commitment to stringent food safety practices," Phillips-Brown said.

In Temple Hills, inspectors closed Roma Pizza on St. Barnabas Road, citing mouse droppings on the food prep table.

Workers put us on the phone with the manager declined to allow us to see the restaurant's current conditions.

Inspectors reported more mice in Temple Hills on Iverson Street at Crazy Down Home Seafood.

"Mice droppings observed throughout the facility," the closure order reports. "Dead mouse located next to shelving with bulk/bag foods."

Crazy Down Home Seafood also declined to allow us to see current conditions.

Montgomery County, DC, and Virginia post inspections online. Click the link below to review the most recent inspection at your favorite restaurants:

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