WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - In this week's report, two McDonald's (one of the McDonald's is a repeat offender), Popeye's and a Potbelly Sandwich are suspended for health violations.

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Restaurant goers were shocked as they discovered health closures and violations at: Popeye's, 601 Malcolm X Avenue (formerly Portland Street) SE, DC, McDonald's, 75 New York Avenue, NE, DC, McDonald's 601 F Street / Verizon Center 7th & G Street, NW and Potbelly Sandwich, 1275 1st Street, NE, DC. All the restaurants passed re-inspection and are now back in business.


According to the WUSA9 Restaurant Alert app, health inspectors closed Popeye's located at 601 Malcolm X Avenue, SE (formerly Portland Street) documenting 15 total violations including "employees are not frequently washing hands between tasks" and "no adequate hot water."

Potbelly Sandwich:

At Potbelly Sandwich located at 1275 1st Street, NE, DC, one diner used the Restaurant Alert app and discovered a total of 9 violations including a "heavy presence of fruit flies."

McDonald's at Verizon Center:

Two diners used the Restaurant Alert app at McDonald's at the Verizon Center (601 F Street, NW) where it revealed a total of 17 violations including "small flies observed in the establishment during the inspection," and a sewage violation.

McDonald's, New York Avenue, NE:

The Restaurant Alert app also revealed inspectors cited McDonald's at 75 New York Avenue, NE, DC, with a total of a total of nine violations including a "large live cockroach and several smaller cockroaches."

McDonald's Franchisee owner Luis Gavignano told WUSA9, "I take these matters seriously and going forward I will be providing additional oversight."

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