Florida Avenue Grill, Pizza Boli's, Grand China Carryout, 4th Street Market, District Taco closed for health violations

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Washington, DC (WUSA9) -- A legendary DC soul food spot that called police on the WUSA9 Restaurant Alert crew and an 8th Street pizza place with 29 health code violations are two of the five DMV restaurants ordered closed for serious health code violations. 

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Health inspectors closed Florida Avenue Grill, 1100 Florida Ave., NW, 4th Street Market, 6900 4th St. NW, Grand China Carryout, 6925 Blair Rd NW, Pizza Boli's, 417 8th St. SE, and District Taco, 5723 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA.

All the restaurant passed re-inspection and reopened.


Near Howard University, inspectors closed the soul food restaurant Florida Avenue Grill  citing mice dropping along with 12 other violations.

In addition to rodent droppings, inspectors cited Florida Avenue Grill for storing food on the floor, food at potentially hazardous temperatures, no thermometer, and refrigerators at 58 and 60 degrees.

The manager at Florida Avenue Grill tried to block our video cameras and called the Metropolitan Police Department.

DC Police explained to the manger of Florida Avenue Grill that even Restaurant Alert reporters have the right to shoot stories on public DC streets.

The police officer allowed WUSA9 to continue our taping.

Click here to read about a second health department closure order at Florida Ave. Grill issued earlier this year:



In Arlington, inspectors closed District Taco citing food like cheese, beef and raw chicken stored  at temperatures as high at 60 degrees, broken refrigerators compounded by a broken air conditioner creating a 94 degree restaurant.

When WUSA9 visited District Taco, the owner showed us improvements like new thermometers, and a system that sends automatic texts messages notifying them of potential dangerous temperatures.

In addition to renting temporary coolers District Taco has leased portable air conditioners that are fortifying its overall air conditioning.


In the Takoma neighborhood, Inspectors closed Fourth Street Market for potentially hazardous food items and repeatedly not staffing anyone certified in food safety.

The market's owner showed WUSA9 he's taken the food safety certification test and he's waiting for the official card to arrive.


On Blair Road Northwest, a 10 violation suspension closed Grand China Carryout including operating with no hot water. 

The report also cited meat and seafood at potentially sickening temperatures. Grand China Carryout did not have any thermometer on hand as required but the workers let WUSA9 measure its hot water using our own thermometer.

When WUSA9 measured the hot water at Grand China it found the water at 100 degrees instead of the required 110 degrees.

WUSA9 also found large tubs of food stored on the kitchen floor at Grand China Carryout.

Grand China Carryout told WUSA9 its regular certified food manager is in China, an employee was getting certified, and a neighbor loaned them a thermometer.


Inspectors closed Pizza Boli's on 8th Street Southeast for "rodents and unsanitary conditions" and cited the restaurant with a total of 29 health code violations.

The manager blamed the problem on non-regulation trash cans he says they were planning to change the very day inspectors arrived.

Officials also cited Pizza Boli's for rodent droppings around the trash, a foul odor, and receptacles over filled.  WUSA9 found rodent droppings near it's new trash cans.

Inspectors cited droppings inside Pizza Boli's too.

The manager acknowledges 95% clean isn't enough and says improvements continue.

Inspectors cited no hot water at Pizza Boli's but when we were there, the hot water measured  115 degrees which  meets DC health code.

All the restaurants Russ Ptacek visited passed reinspection and have all reopened.

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