WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) -- Inspectors cited piles of rat feces in shuttingdown a market and construction at a McDonald's resultingin a closure.These and 2 othersanitation violations that closedfour District food establishments.
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Inspectors temporarily closed: McDonald's, 1539 Pennsylvania Ave, SE DC; Mr. Chen's Organic Chinese Cuisine, 2604 Connecticut Avenue, NW DC; Zmart, 1839 Benning Road, NE DC; and, East Capitol Carryout, 5315 East Capitol Street, SE DC.
Unless otherwise noted, all the restaurants passed re-inspection and are back in business.
On Pennsylvania Ave, SE, a complaint prompted inspectors to close McDonald's citing conditions that may endanger public health. Officials cited food prep in progress during a construction project and their food not protected.
In a statement, the McDonald's franchisee didn't apologize saying, "I'm excited that my restaurant is undergoing renovations....in the early phases phase of the renovation...the drive-thru continued to serve customers...." and referred to the suspension closure as a "...suggestion to close the restaurant until the work is complete."
As of December 12th, McDonald's was still under construction but expected to open on Friday, December 13th.
Mr. Chen's Organic Chinese Cuisine
On Connecticut Avenue, NW, inspectors closed Mr. Chen's Organic Chinese Cuisine citing 11 violations including rodent droppings inside the kitchen, unclean food contact surfaces and food, uncovered sitting on the refrigerator floor. The manager WUSA9 spoke with said everything was fixed and he declined our request to look around for improvements.
On Benning Road, NE, inspectors closed ZMart citing 8 violations including food items stores in a basement with "piles" of rat droppings.
And when WUSA9 looked around Zmart, we found what looked liked rat feces but the manager insisted they were cashews andassured us he would clean up anything out of order.
East Capitol Carryout
On East Capital Street, SE, inspectors closed East Capitol Carryout citing 5 violations including hot water at 51 degrees, instead of the required minimum of 110 degrees.
At first, the employees let us look, but when we checked the supposedly hot water, it was luke warm at best.
Before we could test other faucets, the employees at East Capitol Carryout asked us to leave.
All the other restaurants passed re-inspection and are back in business.