Roaches And Mice At Capitol Hill Restaurant, Rats At Subway Restaurant, And Sanitation Violations At Virginia Persian Restaurant Force Closures

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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Live rats at a Subway restaurant, mice and roaches at a white tablecloth spot on Capitol Hill, and multiple violations at a Persian restaurant in Virginia - all violations cited by health inspectors - led to closures of restaurants in Virginia, Maryland, and the District.

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Inspectors suspended Aatish on the Hill on Pennsylvania Ave., Darya Kabob at Town Center Plaza in Sterling, Va., and Subway on Baltimore Ave. in College Park.

All the restaurants passed reinspections and have reopened.

In Silver Spring, inspectors reported rats and hundreds of rat droppings in the basement of Subway, 7411 Baltimore Ave.

"Numerous live rats on glue board in basement below facility," the Prince George's County inspection report states. "Hundreds of rat droppings in basement."

The report also cited active rat burrows by rear steps and the edge of the building.

A man who identified himself as a friend of the Subway franchise owner said they had aggressively addressed the infestation and brought in an outside exterminator.

He allowed our cameras into the basement where inspectors found the rats and droppings, but it was clean during our review.

The store has also patched holes in the basement ceiling to prevent rodents from entering the food prep area.

In Sterling Virginia at Darya Kabob, - known for Persian food - inspectors cited 17 violations including no one on duty licensed in food safety.

An owner showed us her proper license when we were there and her husband, the other owner, allowed us to review corrections they'd made in the kitchen.

We observed a broken sink that was blocked during the inspection had been repaired and was available for kitchen hand washing.

The restaurant had also added a hand washing sign, which inspectors cited as missing.

Darya's owner also showed us several thermometers he'd installed in coolers, which inspectors cited for not being there at the time of the closure.

On Capitol Hill, Inspectors closed Aatish on the Hill.

The white tablecloth restaurant, which serves Indian and Pakistani cuisine, was cited for 10 violations including mice droppings and roaches.

The manager assured us they'd addressed the problem and allowed our cameras inside the kitchen to see.
At Aatish, like the other locations, we got down on our hands and knees and looked under equipment and deep into corners, but didn't find any signs of vermin or other violations.

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