Restaurant Violations Ranging From Roaches At Buffet To Mice Feces On Cutting Board Close Restaurants In Bethesda, DuPont Circle, Silver Spring, and Temple Hills

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Washington, D.C. (WUSA) - From a sushi restaurant in Bethesda to a white table cloth restaurant in DuPont Circle, violations ranging from mice to no hot water temporarily closed five Washington area restaurants.

Complaint sparks mouse and roach investigation in Temple Hills, Md.

In Temple Hills, Md., a complaint alleging both roaches and mice prompted investigators to inspect Seafood Palace Buffet, 3745 Branch Avenue.

The manager showed us steps Seafood Palace is taking to fight vermin, like sealing doors more tightly.

In addition to roaches in the ceiling lights fixtures, inspectors cited roaches under the buffet, in the sushi area, and mice infestations at all the dining room steam tables.

The manager called in a pest service and has moved rodent food sources to higher shelves.

Bathroom storage of food equipment and mice close Bethesda sushi restaurant

In Bethesda, at Hanaro on Norfolk Avenue, inspectors found food equipment stored in the bathroom

Officials also cited mice droppings on a cutting board, dishes, pots and pans, and in the sushi section.

Silver Spring restaurant suspended for contamination

In Silver Spring, the owner of Yasi, 9441 Georgia Avenue, blamed vandalism on a leak into his kitchen inspectors say endangered public health.

The manager said the leak never touched the restaurant's food, but the health department says it not only contacted the food, but contaminated it.

He believes a neighbor angry about the restaurant's noise caused the damage that caused the leak.

Wendy's in Silver Spring cited for no hot water

At a Silver Spring Wendy's, 17 Vital Way, inspectors cited the store for operating without a food safety manager and without hot water.

DuPont Circle white table cloth restaurant owner on health hazard closure: "Nothing to defend."

At La Tomate 1701 Connecticut Ave., near DuPont Circle inspectors cited an imminent health hazard and temporarily closed the popular Italian restaurant

The District's health department says La Tomate's hot water tested at only 80 degrees and unsafe.

When WUSA9 requested an interview, Lat Tomate's owner told a producer she had "nothing to defend" and declined.

All the restaurants passed re-inspection and are back in business.

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