WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - A review of health department closure orders through August 26th, identified violations in the District, Prince George's, Montgomery, and Fairfax Counties including roaches across from Tyson's Galleria , and a Chinese restaurant cited for defying orders to close despite a sewage disaster.
Imminent health hazard cited at District 2 bar and grill
In the District, inspectors cited a popular watering hole near National Cathedral for imminent health hazards.
Officials suspended District 2 Bar and Grill, 3228 Wisconsin Ave NW, for food at potentially hazardous temperatures, operating without a valid license, and no hot water.
A manager at District 2 acknowledges the restaurant was operating without a valid license but disputes health department records citing employees unable to keep hands clean because of no hot water, refrigerators as warm as 78 degrees, and a food safety manager without proper paperwork.
Sewage at Mexican Restaurant
In Montgomery County, El Tejana, 11514 Middlebrook Road in Germantown, was one of three restaurants suspended for sewage violations.
During a routine inspection, in addition to no certified food manager on duty, inspectors report sewage backing up onto the kitchen floor and a violation for insect/animal controls involving a broken screen door.
Chinese restaurant defies closure order
A Wheaton Chinese restaurant with spilling sewage was cited for continuing to operate despite a health department order to close.
Inspectors cited Brother Chinese, 11401 Amherst Avenue in Wheaton, for defying the suspension, and continuing to operate while discharging sewage into an already grease-clogged manhole.
Montgomery County Health Department records indicate the backup was so severe, sewage was actually spewing onto the street
Next door to the restaurant, officials closed Ren's Ramen, 11403 Amherst Avenue, too, but the manager inside that Ren's says the sewage never backed up into his store.
Reston office deli suspended
At a Reston office building,, inspectors cited Sundries Deli, 2100 Reston Parkway, for no safety manager on duty, and food without date marking and stored at risky temperatures.
The deli was still closed when we went to talk with the owner and a hand written sign says "sorry for the inconvenience."
Roaches across from Tysons Galleria
The health department cited the Saigon Deli, 8201 Greensboro Drive in McLean, because it didn't have a food safety manager on duty.
The food manager is responsible to keep roaches away from food, maintaining a communicable disease policy for the staff, and keeping food at safe temperatures.
The health department cited Saigon Deli for violating those policies too.
The owner said Taste of Saigon Restaurant, which is in in the same building, was not closed and is licensed separately.
Roadside operations closed in Prince George's County
In Prince Georges County, officials closed three roadside operations for operating without licenses.
Although the illegal roadside operations in Prince George's County and Sundries Deli in Reston remain under closure orders, officials say the other restaurants passed re-inspections and are back in business.
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