Washington, DC (WUSA9) -- A nasty combo of roaches and health closures creates deja vu for a popular DMV chain and in this week's WUSA9 Restaurant Alert a trendy U. Street Corridor is also on the list of five area restaurant suspended.
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Inspectors closed ZZ Pizza and Kabob, 4400 34th Street, Mount Rainer, MD; Quick Pita, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC; El Pulgarcito de America, 5313 Georgia Ave, NW, Washington, DC, Solly's U Street Tavern, 1102 U Street, NW Washington, DC, Pizza Bolis, 8147 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD.
All the establishments passed re-inspections and are back in business.
Second Pizza Boli's Location Closed
In College Park, Maryland, inspectors closed Pizza Boli's on Baltimore Avenue citing live and dead cockroaches in the kitchen and storage area.
Two weeks ago we featured a Pizza Boli's closure on 8th Street, SE and while that location did let WUSA9 look around, this College Park Pizza Boli's would not let us look around.
U Street Tavern Shuttered
On U Street, NW, inspectors cited Solly's U Street Tavern for 9 violations including no adequate hot water at 110 degrees but when we were there the sink water tested well over 110 degrees.
Pizza Restaurant with Pest Problem
In Mt. Rainier, inspectors cited ZZ Pizza and Kabob for rat droppings by the back door, dead and live cockroaches, and specifically noted roaches in the food prep area.
When WUSA9 visited, we spotted one large dead cockroach in the lobby area, but our look inside the kitchen didn't find any additional roaches or any rodent droppings.
Inspectors also cited the restaurant for not staffing anyone trained in food safety which WUSA9 found too when we were there.
Officials also cited food stored at unsafe temperatures including chicken wings left at (77F) room temperature.
Ronald Reagan Building Food Court: No hot water, sewage
At the food court at the Ronald Reagan Building on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, inspectors closed Quick Pita citing 9 violations including no hot water in the facility, sewage back up at the garbage disposal, and no thermometer for the prep refrigerator.
Quick Pita told WUSA9, "We did indeed have some hot water issue when the health department made their routine visit. Once we found out there was such issue - it was fixed within hours. This is all to it - nothing major, but of course we had to fix the problem right on the spot."
Latin Restaurant Closed in DC
On Georgia Avenue, NW, inspectors closed El Pulgarcito de America citing 16 violations.
Officials cited conditions that may endanger the public's health. Inspectors noted instead of a commercial refrigerator, a household refrigerator storing food was found outside near the trash dumpster area.
At El Pulgarcito, officials noted trash stored on the ground and no proof of a policy on tracking the transmission of disease through food by infected employees handling food.
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Air date: 8/17/2013