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Washington, DC (WUSA9) --  Two times. Three times.  Repeat health hazards at DC restaurants - from Dupont Circle to the Palisades - have resulted in closure orders at the same places.

Updated: To see a photo gallery with hundreds of Washington area restaurant closures since 2012 click here.

In second or third suspensions, inspectors temporarily closed: Heritage India, 1633 P Street, NW; Malgudis, 1633 P Street, NW; Chen's Gourmet, 5117 MacArthur Blvd, NW; Sawah Restaurant, 2222 18th Street, NW; Grand China, 6925 Blair Road, NW.

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

To know about restaurant closure orders first, follow @russptacek on Twitter, or like Russ Ptacek on Facebook.

Caught on camera:  Third closure, rats in alley behind Heritage India, previously Skewers

WUSA9 video shot in the alley behind Heritage India,  found rats in August right after back-to-back closures there.

In July, inspectors closed Heritage India, operating under the name Skewers, with 22 violations - citing "gross unsanitary conditions."

In August, officials shut down it down again citing 16 violations including rat droppings in the kitchen.

In October, a third closure for a heavy infestation of vermin.

Third suspension at Malgudis, previously Cafe Luna

Inspectors closed Malgudis, the restaurant underneath Heritage India, with the same vermin infestation suspension.

Malgudis operates out of the same kitchen as Heritage India. The two restaurants also share the same license, both now closed 3 times just since July for imminent health hazards.  

The health department cited 22 violations at the restaurant under the name Café Luna in July.

The restaurant reopened under a new name, Malgudis, only to be closed days later, a second time in August, with rat droppings and 12 other violations.

 

Third suspension at Sawah Restaurant

In Adams Morgan a third closure in October at Sawah Restaurant on 18th Street NW after a viewer, Tyrone White, complained at Facebook.com/russptacek that he saw a rat running in the kitchen.

WUSA9 told White how to report what he observed to the DC Health department and inspectors shut it down citing rodents and roaches.

Last year inspectors closed Sawah down with 18 violations including a roach infestation; and, in 2011, an eight violation closure citing mice droppings throughout the restaurant.

Second suspension at Grand China Carryout

This month, a second closure for Grand China Carryout on Blair Road, NW for a heavy infestation of vermin. 

This time, the owner said she couldn't answer questions because she didn't understand.

In July inspectors declared a health hazard at Grand China Carryout citing 10 violations and WUSA9 observed food being stored on the floor.

This time, Grand China Carryout didn't allow us inside.

Second suspension at Chen's Gourmet

In the Palisades, October brought a second health suspension at Chen's Gourmet.

This time inspectors cited failing to minimize the presence of rodents.  Meanwhile in April WUSA9  reported inspectors cited Chen's Gourmet for an infestation of cockroaches in the kitchen and at the front counter.

Chen's Gourmet workers didn't let us in last time, but this time, they let WUSA9 look around and we did not find any sign of rodents.

What is supposed to happen with multiple closures

The DC Department of Health says when a restaurant is closed a second time it asks DC Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to revoke its license.

In the year-and-a-half that Russ Ptacek has been doing Restaurant Alerts we haven't seen one license revoked. 

All of the establishments mentioned in this repeat offender report have passed re-inspection and are back in business.

Air Date: November 14, 2013

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