WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) - Rodents close a popular U Street Corridor bistro and a Prince George's County grocery, while sewage closes an Arlington deli in this week's WUSA9 Food Alert.
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Marvin at 14th and U St N.W., closed by inspectors in February, is known for its lounges and Belgian waffles and has been ID'd as one of the areas "swagger-jackers" by the Washington Post and Washington City Paper.
"Swagger-jacking" is when someone has stolen your swag, according to City Paper and "there is a certain cultural vulturalism" going on with a "faux black ethos," according to Post Root DC columnist Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
Inspectors didn't mention the "swagger-jacking," but did report rat droppings near the keg area, behind the bar and "floor dirty around the walk in box behind the kitchen rat droppings."
Marvin did not return calls for comment.
In Arlington at the Sun Deli on Taft, inspectors cited a sewage problem and operating without the required worker trained in managing food safety.
When we arrived, Sun Deli's owner showed us the grease trap where the backup occurred had been repaired, but acknowledged he still was operating without anyone trained on food safety management on the premises.
He promised to take the class himself and get certified.
In Capitol Heights, inspectors failed People's Food Rite Grocery two times, citing rodents.
Inspectors said they found fresh mouse droppings under the fresh meat cabinet.
Our cameras found what appeared to be rat feces under the pasta shelves.
The manager said he couldn't tell what the dark pellets were, but did show us a rat trap and bait stations he has set up to combat the rodent problem.
He showed us concrete seals he is using to better seal out rodents and said he has hired an exterminator to visit the store twice a week.
All the establishments passed re-inspection and reopened prior to our visits.
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