WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A pesky problem at a coffee house, a pizza shop with sanitation issues, cooling issues at a Peruvian restaurant, a café using unapproved kitchen equipment, and a kabob carry out with 25 health code violations are part of this week's Food Alert.
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Health inspectors temporarily closed Bojangles in Oxon Hill, Maryland, The Health Spot Cafe in Fort Washington, El Carbonazo in Montgomery Village, Starbucks at 2175 K Street, NW, Northwest DC's Cafe Lotti, which in an inspection report is referred to as Pizza Authentic, and Jannat Kabob in Northeast Washington.
Since WUSA9's Russ Ptacek visited, all the restaurants have passed reinspection and are back in business.
Starbucks With Pesky Problems
At the Starbucks on K Street, NW it's not unusual for customers to be talking about the Nats baseball team. But it is uncommon when health inspectors come there and start talking about gnats, as in the insects.
Inspectors also cited this Starbucks for fruit flies, no hot water at a handwashing sink, and not having anyone certified in food safety. A DC health inspector noted the insects were a repeat violation.
In a statement, Starbucks' Spokesperson Danny Cowan said, "The health and safety of our customers and partners (employees) is our top priority, and we are committed to delivering an experience that exceeds expectations.
"One of our stores in Washington DC temporarily closed last week to address and resolve a concern raised by the Department of Health during a routine inspection. We immediately engaged a third party to conduct a thorough inspection of this store and perform an in-depth cleaning.
"The store reopened the following day after passing a follow-up inspection by the health department. The third party also conducted a subsequent follow-up inspection, confirming the concerns were resolved.
"We will continue to work closely with the city to ensure compliance with all health code requirements."
Pizza Place With No Hot Water
On Wisconsin Avenue, NW, inspectors closed Café Lotti, which in an inspection report is referred to as Pizza Authentic, citing mold in the ice machine and chicken at high risk food-borne illness temperatures.
Peruvian Restaurant With Cooling Issues
In Montgomery Village, Maryland inspectors closed El Carbonazo, citing food at unsafe temps, including chicken at 56 degrees - way above the maximum 41 degrees.
When WUSA9 visited El Carbonazo, we saw buckets of unrefrigerated chicken. El Cabonazo said the poultry had just been delivered moments before we arrived and workers blamed the closure on a cooling failure that has been resolved.
Cafe With No Food Permit
Prince George's County health inspectors closed The Health Spot Café inside the YMCA on Indian Head Highway in Fort Washington. Officials cited crock pots and electric plates used instead of required commercial grade equipment and no food permit, which an owner denies.
Co-owner Anthony Wells told WUSA9, "We had all the equipment here but we had it in the back....So that it was out of the public's eye."
Fried Chicken Chain With Ceiling Collapse
On Oxon Hill Road, inspectors closed Bojangles, citing a broken refrigerator and a ceiling collapse leaking water onto the open hot holding food station.
A Bonjangles manager denied a collapse and said the violations have been fixed.
Paperwork dated June 7, 2013 with a Commercial Contractors Group letterhead states, "Swept off standing water on roof...Layed plastic tarps over areas of roof that were leaking."
Kabob Carry Out With 25 Violations
At Benning Road and 25th Place, NE, health inspectors cited Jannat Kabobs with 25 violations including chicken and lamb at potentially sickening temperatures.
Inspectors also cited Jannat Kabob for a broken hand washing sink and other plumbing problems. They are problems the owner says he couldn't afford to fix.
Since we visited, all the restaurants passed reinspection and are back in business.
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