Restaurant Alert: Washington Post's cafe suspended

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Citing rodents, mold, and food stored at risky temperatures, health inspectors ordered the cafe at the Washington Post closed until it can pass inspection.

Inspectors cited 16 violations in an inspection at 1:15 Monday afternoon.

See inspection report here:

When contacted by WUSA9, Washington Post spokeswoman Kris Coratti asked why the closure would be considered news and emphasized the cafe is not open to the public.

Coratti theorized restaurant closures would be common in Washington.

When informed suspension orders are the exception in restaurant inspections, she asked if WUSA9 had a specific question.

When told the question was whether the Post had a comment, Coratti said "no."

In the closure order, health department officials reported no one at "Proof's in the Pudding" cafe "could answer basic food safety questions," and there was no certified food manager on duty.

The report cites "rodent droppings throughout."

"Droppings found in corners, and on tables, shelves, cutting boards, and Panini press," the report states." Mold is growing inside a reach-in refrigerator in standing water."

Inspectors cited chicken breast stored at 52 degrees, and chicken salad at 47 degrees while the required maximum holding temperature for safe storage is 41 degrees.

A 2013 report indicates inspectors postponed the cafe's opening citing multiple violations, including vermin. See 2013 report here:


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