DC Health orders Dean & Deluca closed again

Washington's health department has shut down Georgetown grocer Dean & Deluca for the second time.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - The DC Health Department reports it has closed high-end Georgetown grocer Dean & Deluca - for a second time - citing health hazards "including but not limited to heavy infestation of vermin."

Inspectors did not release the full report which provides details of inspectors findings.

In a February 2013 Restaurant Alert report on a closure order at the same Dean & Deluca, inspectors focused on vermin.

"Live birds, rat droppings and mice droppings found inside of the cafe behind the soda reachin refrigerators and towards the back next to the rest rooms," the 2013 closure report states. "Live roaches and mice droppings cited around the cheese section in the customer service and product display area."

"There was a complaint, which generated an inspection," said DC Health spokeswoman Najma Roberts said in 2013. "Inspection revealed rats, roaches, (and) mice infestation."

No one at Dean & Deluca answered the phone at the Georgetown store. When WUSA9 contacted Dean & Deluca corporate offices, we were asked to e-mail a public relations representative.

We have not had a reply to our inquiry about the 2014 closure order.


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