28 LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Combine one part sushi, two parts grocery, mix in a cat, mice and out of control vermin and you've got the health department closures from May 7th through Friday of last week.

Vermin was the imminent health hazard identified by health inspectors at Umi Sushi restaurant, 2625 Connectut Ave. NW.

A quick check on Yelp indicates customers like Umi, especially the dragon rolls.

The second floor restaurant received a lot of five star ratings, averaging four stars overall.

But inspectors didn't like what they found shortly before shutting it down overnight.

Thursday, the manager invited 9 News cameras into the restaurant to show how they'd cleaned to rectify the problem.

A manager said the violation occurred just days before the previous owner sold to new management.

The violation was mice at grocery retailer Don Pepe's Cash & Carry, 300 Morse St. NE, that had gotten out of control, according to the manager.

"We just have to find a way to contain them," said manager Frank Rodriguez. "That's why we're changing the door, doing all this stuff so they can get away from here, but it's hard."

The health department declared an imminent health hazard and required the warehouse closed until the mice were at bay.

At Three Way Liquors and convenience store, 4823 Georgia Ave. NW, inspectors closed the food operation citing possible endangerment to public health.

The owner says officials shut him down over night after finding his pet cat inside the store during operating hours.

This week, two weeks after our report on a health violation closing Ruby Tuesday, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the company closed the store for good.

The Ruby Tuesday sign is already gone and the tables are packed.

A company spokeswoman did not return our call requesting comment.

All the places, reopened after passing a reinspection, and except for Ruby Tuesday are now back in business.

Note: Ruby Tuesday notified us that the 4200 Wisconsin Ave. location that closed on Sunday was among several "underperforming locations." You can see the announcement of those closures in the attached PDF.

If you want to know which restaurants get closed down first, follow me at Twitter.com/russptacek or Facebook/russptacek. If you know of safety issues or injustice we should investigate, email tips@wusa9.com

28 LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE
Read or Share this story: http://on.wusa9.com/19QMXTY