WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) -- WUSA9 finds several squirming and dead mice in a local cafe and reports on other recent health department closures.
Inspectors temporarily closedMarcel's, 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, DC; Kraze Burgers, 4733 Elm Street, Bethesda, Md., Cafe Masala/Ganapati Foods, 705 First Street, Rockville, Md.; Caramelo Bakery, 11301 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Md.; Wasabi Zen Japanese Cuisine, 18066 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Md.; Mile High Club 6420 Aaron Lane, Clinton, Md.
All the restaurants in this report passed re-inspection and re-opened. But one of the restaurants, Cafe Masala, was closed again after WUSA9 visited. More on this below.
Mile High Gentleman's Club
In Clinton, Md., inspectors closed the food service at Mile High Gentleman's Club on Aaron Lane citing a sewage back up in the kitchen.
In Foggy Bottom, no one at Marce'ls on Pennsylvania Avenue, NWwould discuss the closure there for potentially hazardous temperatures like duck at 49 degrees and crab cakes at 47. Also, the restaurant was cited for no one certified in safe food handling.
Wasabi Zen Japanese Cuisine
In Silver Spring, inspectors cited Wasabi Zen Japanese Cuisineon Georgia Avenue with 23 violations including live roaches.
The report also cited seafood and sushi at temperatures where sickening pathogens can grow fast, like raw snapper at 48 degrees.
Wasabi Zen told WUSA9, "No comment."
Also on Georgia Avenue, inspectors closed Caramelo Bakery for operating without any hot water but when we checked the water temperature was over 120 degrees. That water temperature would pass inspection, but several others wouldn't, like a repeat violation for food not covered/protected above the display counter.
Caramelo Bakery could face $500 fines for each repeat violation.
In Bethesda, inspectors closed Kraze Burgers on Elm Street citing rodent droppings found in cabinets and on food contact surfaces.
WUSA9 observed improvements and did not see any signs of rodents.
Kraze Burgers says it's ramped up its pest control.
Cafe Masala/Ganapati Foods
In Rockville, what WUSA9 found inside Café Masala's Ganapati Foods at Baltimore and Highway 28, literally turned WUSA9 reporter Russ Ptacek's stomach.
We found several mice covering the entire surface area of sticky traps on filthy floors. One mouse was still alive.
Inspectors citedCafe Masala with 12 violations including rodent droppings found in cabinets and on food contact surfaces and gnawing observed on plastic bags but the cafe had passed a reinspection before we arrived.
After our observations at Cafe Masala, WUSA9's Russ Ptacek reported his findings to the Montgomery County Health Department. The health department closed Cafe Masala again on October 4.
All the restaurants passed re-inspection including Cafe Masala, prior to our visit.