In an update on a Restaurant Alert we told you about two weeks ago. The Montgomery County Health Dept. manager says the agency made a mistake in reporting it closed Bethesda's Harp and Fiddle for health violations.
The health department says Harp and Fiddle closed on its own after a fire that damaged their water heater on June 19th.
"While this office does stand behind the inspection," said Environmental Health Manager Kenny Welch, "the inspection should have, but did not clarify the actual situation."
Besides the no hot water violation, inspectors cited Harp and Fiddle with eleven additional problems including a "rodent and insects" citation for "soiled bait traps observed in the kitchen."
Welch said the inspection was in response to the fire at Harp and Fiddle and that because the pub self-closed prior to the inspector's arrival, the actions were a "formality" and not an ordered closure.
Welch says the bar re-opened the next day after repairs to the water heater, and a re-inspection.
WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- In today's Restaurant Alert, a neighborhood supermarket, an Irish bar and a carryout, all temporarily shut down for health code violations.
They all passed re-inspection and are back in business.
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/
Brookville Supermarket, see report: http://restaurantalert.wusa9.com/mobile/washington/restaurant/3719
Click on the link above and it takes you to Brookville Supermarket's June 18th report citing six closure violations including "rodent activity still inside the grocery store."
In a statement, Brookville's management says, "It's the first time this has happened.
"It was an extremely isolated incident and we took care of it right away."
Prince George's County hasn't gone digital yet so WUSA9 tracked down paperwork on a recent closure at Good Danny's Restaurant on St. Barnabas Road in Temple Hills. Inspectors reported "rodent droppings observed in several places....files..." and "refrigerators not maintaining 41 degrees…observed at 49 and 52."
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