Restaurant closures for health violations in Fairfax, Montgomery, Prince George's Counties, Alexandria, and the District

9:11 PM, May 4, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA)- Food safety violations shut down eating establishments in Fairfax, Montgomery, Prince George's Counties, Alexandria, and the District over the past two weeks, including a 7-11 and a Ruby Tuesday.

According to area health departments, inspectors ordered the closures during inspections conducted April 16th through April 27th.

A Ruby Tuesday spokeswoman attributed the temporary closure of the restaurant at 4200 Wisconsin NW to a paperwork oversight.

"The inspection on April 19 yielded a few issues that were corrected," said Ruby Tuesday spokeswoman Meridith Hammond. "At no time during the April 26 closure were there any food safety risks."

Health officials declared "an imminent health hazard" requiring an immediate shut down at the restaurant during a routine inspection.

The District's Department of Health says Ruby Tuesday didn't have a manager on duty certified to ensure safe food handling.

"The follow up visit on April 26 resulted in a closure due to a food handler's permit being expired, Hammond said. "The certificate was renewed before opening the next morning."

According to health department records, the restaurant was cited for the same infraction during an inspection in March.

During the same March inspection, officials cited the restaurant for 6 critical and 10 non-critical violations, including potentially hazardous food at improper temperatures, an unclean hand washing sink, no hand washing signage, and a food protection manager with a two year old expired license.

The report said the unauthorized food protection manager failed an inspector's field test on cross contamination and employee health risks.

You may remember the rat captured by 9 Wants to Know cameras from a previous restaurant report at a deli in Logan Circle.

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That was from two weeks ago when we reported on the temporary closure of Mid City Deli, 1418 14th St NW.

The health department reports, a week after our report aired, inspectors shut the deli down again, citing "vermin" and "circumstance that may endanger the public."

Neighbors in Logan Circle blame it on an outside trash site.

"There's definitely a rat problem right near there at the dumpster," said Byron Jones, who works at a barber shop next door.

Officials say the absence of a licensed food safety manager shut down six area restaurants in total over the past two weeks.

Besides Ruby Tuesday, inspectors ordered temporary closures at Seoul Soon Dae, 4231-L Markham Street, Annandale, Hunan Taste, 8088 Rolling Rd., Springfield, Hollywood Bistro, 1800 G. St, NW, and The Tackle Box, 3245 M. St. NW.

Officials temporarily closed food service at Riverside Lounge, 11272 Georgia Avenue, Wheaton, Wing Zone, 3817 Mt. Vernon Ave, Alexandria, and in the District, 7-11, 7401 Georgia Ave NW, all for operating without hot water.

In Prince George's County, health officials shut down four illegal mobile kitchens.

District officials shut down food operations at Lucky Corner Market, 5433 Georgia Ave, NW, and Pan Americana Grocery, 3552 14th St. NW, both for conditions that may endanger public health.

Family Dollar on H St NE closed food service for "failing to minimize the presence of vermin."

According to health department officials, except for Mid City Deli, all the establishments passed re-inspections and resumed operations.

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