Restaurant diners use the Restaurant Alert app to discover health violations.

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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Rodent droppings, improper sink cleaning facilities, and no certified food protection manager on duty are just a few health hazards leading to closures at area restaurants in this week's Restaurant Alert.

Click here to see our updated list showing hundreds of area closures:http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/local/2014/03/20/restaurant-inspection-washington-dc/6660161/

DC health inspectors temporarily closed Heritage India, 1901 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW; Chipotle, 413 8th Street, SE; and the Department of Commerce, 6th Floor Snack Bar, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW.

All passed re-inspection and are back in business.

To check your favorite restaurant, have a Restaurant Alert smartphone link sent to you by texting FOOD to 25543

Heritage India, see report: http://restaurantalert.wusa9.com/mobile/washington/restaurant/2523

If you click "search near me" just three blocks from The White House on our mobile database, you're going to find a repeat violator, Heritage India, and what might be a Restaurant Alert first: a citation for rodent droppings on plates.

At Heritage India at 1901 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, a May 28th report identifies 19 violations including "Rat droppings on the floor and shelves. Mice droppings on plates, canned foods, and linens. Dead roaches in food and broken equipment."

Just a few weeks prior, The Restaurant Alert app shows an April 3rd closure with 14 violations including "dead rodent cited on trap."

Department of Commerce, 6th Floor Snack Bar: see report: http://restaurantalert.wusa9.com/mobile/washington/restaurant/3151

The WUSA9 Restaurant Alert database also covers closures at government buildings like the Department of Commerce. The 6th floor snack bar there was closed and cited for improper sink cleaning facilities.

Chipotle, see report: http://restaurantalert.wusa9.com/mobile/washington/restaurant/3437

Check out the report on the Chipotle located on 8th Street, SE and you'll see an April 1st inspection complaint followed by an April 7th warning inspection and finally an April 14th closure citing "no certified food protection manager on duty."

To search the Restaurant Alert app yourself, text the word food to 25543 and we'll send you a link to the WUSA9 Restaurant Alert database.

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