WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) - Small, brown mystery pellets at a Connecticut Ave. bistro, a repeat closure at a pizza place, and a "heavy" roach infestation at a Mexican restaurant are all part of this week's WUSA9 Food Alert on area restaurant closures.
See the video to judge for yourself.
Inspectors closed Lillies on Connecticut Ave, NE, New York Pizza on Florida Avenue, SE, and Taco Mex on Old Columbia Pike.
All the restaurants passed health department re-inspections and have reopened.
Our WUSA9 team spotted the mystery pellets at Lillies after it passed a re-inspection.
When we visited Lillies, workers told there was no one on duty licensed by the District in food safety, which is a violation inspectors noted in their closure report.
Inspectors also cited a dead mouse in the refrigerator and a worker touching ready to serve food with his bare hands.
When the certified food manager arrived about 40 minutes later, he allowed us to look into the kitchen until we found a corner heavily spotted with dark brown pellets that look very similar to mouse droppings.
The manager refused to take a close look at the pellets but insisted they were either paint, wood, or ants.
He then asked us to leave the premises before we could determine with certainty what we had found.
We have a still image of the fat rice shaped forms in the attached photo gallery.
A few hours later, Lillies' manager called the station apologizing for asking us to leave and told us we could return to do a thorough review of his kitchen any time - maintaining there are no mice droppings inside.
We'll be back.
Across town on Florida Ave. SE, inspectors closed New York Pizza for the second time in a year.
Last time inspectors shut it down, they cited operating with no hot water, food at temperatures that could make you sick, and cross contamination violations.
This time inspectors shut it down citing mice.
The latest closure stemmed from a complaint and the report identifies nine violations including mouse feces on the floor, at the water tank and behind the counter.
In front of the counter we found dirty corners, but they wouldn't allow behind the bullet proof glass to see what's inside the kitchen.
To search the latest inspection for restaurants in Virginia, the District, and Montgomery County click here: http://www.wusa9.com/investigation/article/243493/455/Search-Violations-At-Your-Favorite-Restaurant-Online
In Silver Spring, at Taco Mex on Old Columbia Pike, they wouldn't allow us inside their kitchen either. I
Montgomery County health inspectors cited live roaches at Taco Mex declaring it "infestation heavy," saying it was a repeat violation at Taco Mex.
The report documented roaches on the same surfaces Taco Mex uses for food.