WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) --This week's Food Alert features a lot of rodent issues along with restaurants shut down because food was stored at potentially dangerous temperatures. Andone of the pest issues was right around the corner from a restaurant WUSA9's investigative reporter Russ Ptacek profiled back in April 2012.
Inspectors recently closed La Morenita at 3539 Georgia Avenue,NW, George's Carryoutat 4910 Georgia Avenue,NW, Yum's at 1413 14th Street, NW, Le Cafede Paris at 3703 14th Street, NW, Friends Kabob at 1990 M Street, NW,Salsa on the the campus of American University, and Bossa at 2463 18th Street, NW.
Most ofthe food establishments have passed re-inspection and have since re-opened, with the exception of Salsa. University officials tell us a new restaurant will take its place this fall.
A Chinese Carryout Closed for Rodents
On 14th Street, NWnearLogan Circle, DC healthinspectors recently closed Yum's Carryout citing 13 violations.
Besides live roaches and rat droppings, inspectors cited shrimp, pork and raw chicken all stored above 50 degrees, temperatures experts say could make you sick.
Parisian Pastry Place With a Mouse Infestation
On14th Street, inspectors closed Le Café de Paris citing a mouse infestation, and seven other violations.
Repeat Problems with Mice at Kabob Restaurant
At Friends Kabob on M Street NW,inspectors cited a repeat mouse infestation documenting droppings in the food storage and prep areas.
Mexican Restaurant Storing Food at Unsafe Temperatures
On Georgia Avenue, NW, inspectors cited La Morenita for storing cold food at potentially unsafe temperatures, employees touching food with their bare hands,no hot water andno one trained in food safety.
When reporter Russ Ptacek checked the restaurant after it re-opened, La Morenita had a card carrying food safety manager on duty and the hot water was ata safe temperature--over 110 degrees.
Carryout Cited for 12 violations
In the 4900 block of Georgia Avenue NW, officials shuttered George's Carryout for 12 health code violations including no one trained andcertified in food safety, employeestouching food with their bare hands, and raw ground beef at 48 degrees instead of the safe, required 41 degrees or below.
Adams Morgan Bistro with a Fly Problem
On 18th Street NW,inspectors cited Bossa's for flies all over the kitchen, food at potentially sickening temperatures, and no one trainedand certified in food health.
Eatery on College Campus with MiceDroppings
At American University on Massachusetts Avenue inNorthwest, inspectors shut down Salsa, which is inside the Mary Grayson Building. Salsa was hit with 5 violations. Including mice droppings insidethe kitchen.
Deli Closed InApril 2012 NowPlanned for Demolition
Logan Circle's Mid City Deli was closed in April 2012 for23 health code violations. When WUSA9's Russ Ptacekwas there,he spotted live and dead rats near the building.
After our report aired, inspectors went back to Mid City Deli and a pad lock has been on the door ever since. Now the window has a demolition permit.