Restaurant suspensions: U St. Corridor & chains

WASHINGTON,DC(WUSA9)-- Violations ranging from rats to licenses to potentially unsafe food temperatures closed a 7-Eleven, a Papa Johns, a U. St. Corridor cafe and other DMV food establishments.

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Inspectors temporarily closed: 7-Eleven, 4000 Georgia Avenue, NW, DC; Papa John's, 5764 Georgia Ave NW, DC; Yetenbi Restaurant, 1915 9th Street, NW, DC; Valero / Lowest Price, 1301 Bladensburg Rd., NE, DC, Washington Quick Pita, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, DC; Flagler Market, 2200 Flagler Place, NW, DC; Yummy Candy, Westfield Wheaton Mall, 11160 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton, Md.

All the restaurants in this report, except Flagler Market and the grocery section of Valero, passed re-inspection and re-opened.

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Papa John's Pizza

On Georgia Avenue, inspectors closed Papa John's citing 9 violations including storing food at potentially hazardous temperatures that experts say could make you sick like ham salad at 51.

Officials also cited Papa John's for not staffing anyone certified in food safety but when we where there, we found a card carrying manager on duty.


Also on Georgia Avenue inspectors shut down 7-Eleven citing several repeat violations including unclean food contact surfaces throughout and no hot water at the required 110 degrees at some of its hand washing sinks.

Official also cited 7-Eleven for food temperatures experts say could make you sick, like sausage and pizza at 116 degrees instead of the required 140 degrees.

The 7-Eleven franchise owner wouldn't let look around for improvements and said he wasn't allowed to talk to the media and asked WUSA9 to leave.

This is the third 7-Eleven closure in recent weeks, the others were cited for vermin violations.

7-Eleven spokesperson, Margaret Chabrissaid, "as a precaution, we are asking all stores in the D.C. area to spray for pests immediately or as soon as possible."

U St. Corridor's Yetenbi Restaurant

Inspectors found problems so severe in an alley along the U Street corridor they closed Yetenbi Restaurant on 9th Street.

Inspectors suspended the cafe with violations including numerous rodent / rat burrows along the rear fence next to the trash dumpsters and cited Yetenbi for operating with a sewage back up.

Flagler Market

Inspectors closed Flagler Market on Flagler Place, NWciting 10 violations including no hot running water and floors dirty throughout.

And when we showed up at Flagler Market, the door was padlockedandthe closure noticewas still posted on its front door.

Yummy Candy

At the Westfield Wheaton Mall in Maryland, inspectors closed Yummy Candy for operating without a food license, not staffing anyone trained in food safety and no running water.

But when WUSA9 was there, it had running water and themanager said she passed a food safety training course and is waiting for her certificate.


On Bladensburg Road, North East, inspectors closed the grocery food and beverage section at this Valero gas stationand cited other violations including no hot water supply in the facility or bathrooms, no valid business license and an excessive amount of trash in the back.

Washington Quick Pita

At the Old Post Office Pavilion on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, inspectors closed food court vendor Washington Quick Pita citing 5 violations

Officials reported a sewage back up and food stored on the floor in the walk in refrigerator.

An employee at Washington Quick Pita put WUSA9 on the phone with a man described as the owner who told us he did not want us looking inside his vendor space here at the Old Post Office

All the restaurants are back in business selling food except Flagler Market and the grocery section at Valero gas station.

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Air Date: October 24, 2013


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