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."
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."
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.
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."