Restaurant Alert: Live roaches, smelly basement

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) Live roaches, a basement that "smells heavily of urine," and rat droppings are just a few health hazards leading to closures at area restaurants in this week's Restaurant Alert.

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Health inspectors temporarily closed Malaysia Kopitiam, 1827 M Street, NW DC; Shaw Howard Deli, 1911 7th Street, NW DC; and Adam Express, 3211 Mount Pleasant Street, NW DC.

Malaysia Kopitiam and Shaw Howard Deli passed a re-inspection and reopened; however, WUSA9 was not able to reach anyone by phone at Adam Express and Yelp reports it has closed.

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Shaw Howard Deli, see report:

Inspectors closed Shaw Howard Deli on April 30th citing 17 violations including "rat dropping found in basement storage room" and "no hot water available in the basement hand sink."

Malaysia Kopitiam, see report:

At 1827 M Street, NW, officials closed Malaysia Kopitiam on May 1st citing 14 violations including its "reach in refrigerating unit operating at 60 degrees" and "multiple sightings of live roaches and rodent droppings" and "basement smells heavily of urine."

Adam Express, see report:

At Adam Express on Mount Pleasant Street, NW, inspectors closed the restaurant on May 6th reporting 19 violations citing "observed mice and rat droppings, and spiders throughout basement."

The blog reports the owners had been trying to sell the restaurant prior to the closure, there is a "for rent" sign on the window, at it doesn't appear Adam Express will attempt to reopen.

The inspection report also notes the food protection manger coughing, sneezing, and discharge from his nose.


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