Soul Food Icon Florida Avenue Grill, & KFC Among Restaurant Sanitation Closures in DC, Gaithersburg and Bladensburg

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) - Whether you love soul food, smoothies, barbecue, Chinese, or famous fried chicken, this week's WUSA9 Food Alert includes sanitation violations that are not only risky to your health - but they're at places you may know.

Sanitation closures include Florida Ave. Grill in the U. St. Corridor, KFC in Gaithersburg, Smoothie King in Adams Morgan, Lucky Carryout on Pennsylvania Ave. SE, and Adama Restaurant in Bladesnburg.

Click here to search inspection histories at restaurants in DC, Virginia, and Montgomery County:

In the U Street corridor inspectors closed soul food icon Florida Avenue Grill.

Florida Avenue Grill is as famous for the patrons whose pictures hang on the walls as the southern style grits collared greens and biscuits inspectors it's been serving since 1944.

Inspectors say Florida Avenue Grill was operating with no hot water.

The restaurant did not respond to our calls for comment.

In Gaithersburg on North Frederick Avenue we took our camera inside KFC to see if it was in compliance after inspectors cited the store for making chicken with no hot water for workers to wash their hands.

Our temperature measured the hot water at 104 degrees which meets KFC and Montgomery County's minimum standard of 100.

"Nothing is more important to our franchisees than providing the highest quality food and service, so the team made it a top priority to remedy the isolated problem," said KFC spokesman Rick Maynard

In Bladensburg, Maryland, inspectors suspended Agama restaurant citing multiple violations including overflowing dumpsters.

When we arrived at the barbecue and charcoal grilling restaurant, we found trash bags stacked several feet above dumpster walls and garbage including mattresses on the ground.

Adama owner Namdi Nwasinoke blamed the problem on illegal dumping.

Nwasinoke showed us where he's building a gated trash area and roof a project to correct leaks inspectors noted in the restaurant's kitchen.

"The situation before was that we had water leaking from the roof." Nwasinoke said. "So the entire roof has now been changed."

In Adams Morgan on 18th St, inspectors suspended Smooth King for operating without the required staffer certified in safe food training.

When we walked in, the worker said he was the only one there and there was no one on duty with the proper training.

That could get them closed down again.

On Pennsylvania Avenue SE, inspectors suspended Lucky Carryout reporting violating including a mice infestation.

We didn't find any signs of mice when workers invited us into the kitchen to look.

They say they've addressed all the violations.

Lucky and all the others passed re-inspection and are back in business now. We've got links to Montgomery County, Virginia, and DC inspections if you want to see how your favorite restaurant is doing, check

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