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Baby In Fairfax Kitchen, No Water At Southwest Waterfront and 7-Eleven Among Food Violation Closures

12:42 PM, May 16, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A baby in a Chinese restaurant kitchen, a convenience store and Waterfront grill operating without water, a DC liquor and food store operating with a vermin infestation and a U. St. restaurant operating without hot water are all in this week's restaurant inspection closure report.

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Inspectors closed Sichuan Café on Rolling Road in Springfield, 7-Eleven on Kenilworth Ave. in Bladensburg, Jimmy's Seafood Grill on Maine St. SW, Michigan Wine on 12th St. NE, and Dahlak Restaurant on U. St. NW.

At Sichuan Café in Springfield inspectors "observed a child entering the kitchen areas and dishwashing areas and cookline," along with 24 other violations according to the inspection report.

When we visited the restaurant, a child was sleeping in a chair behind a woman hand making fresh dumplings.

The owners of Sichuan invited us to tour their kitchen, showing us that other than the child, they had addressed other violations including the lack of a certified food manager, contamination control, food at risky temperatures, and hand washing.

At 7-Eleven on Kenilworth Ave. in Bladensburg workers hung up on us when we called, and then wouldn't answer their phone.

When we went to the store, they denied the report health closure ever happened and ordered us to leave.

Prince George's County documents indicate inspectors observed workers serving food while the store was operating with "no water," citing and "no hand washing."

Finally, a 7-Eleven official called us acknowledging the closure saying county construction created a water outage, and inspectors showed up at the store before workers had the opportunity to react appropriately.

"We didn't execute what we should have done as soon as we should have," Jim Boone with 7-Eleven said. "We immediately corrected it within minutes."

On 12th St NE, inspectors closed Michigan Wine's food service citing gross unsanitary conditions including a heavy infestation of vermin.

Where U Street meets Adams Morgan inspectors closed Dahlak restaurant for hand washing violations and operating with no hot water.

On the Southwest Waterfront, inspectors suspended Jimmy's Seafood for operating without any water at all

Owner Ryan Evans denies serving food during the outage.

"We closed before the water was even turned off," Evans said. "We were basically closed."

He invited us inside the floating grill and showed us they are back to normal with running water now.

Jimmy's and all the other passed re-inspection and they are back in business.

To search your favorite restaurant, click the following link to District, Virginia, and Montgomery County inspection databases:

http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/243493/373/Search-Violations-At-Your-Favorite-Restaurant-Online

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