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Rodents, no hot water close DC food warehouses

Washington, DC (WUSA9) -- Three food warehouses, two pizza shops and nope, not a partridge in a pear tree but birds, rodents and food stored in the alley in this week's Restaurant Alert.

Updated: To see a photo gallery with hundreds of Washington area restaurant closures since 2012 click here

Inspectors temporarily closed Pizza Autentica, 300 7 Street, SW, DC; Vittorio's Pizzeria, 50 Massachusetts Ave, NE, DC; China DC Noodles, 1244 5th Street, NE DC; Mexican Fruits, 1263 4th Street, NE DC; Best Buy Meat and Carryout, 407 Morse Street, NE DC

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Unless otherwise noted, all the restaurants passed re-inspection and are back in business.

Food Stored in alley at Mexican Fruits

In the old Union Terminal Market, gutter water was pouring over the partially covered produce stored in the alley behind Mexican Fruits on 4th street, NE, where inspectors ordered a closure citing eight violations including "heavy rodent activity throughout the entire warehouse" and vegetables and fruits being stored in the alley.

WUSA9 found several pallets of food, covered with blue tarps sitting in the alley.

The manager apologized saying the store is growing too fast and they've brought in an exterminator.

Officials also cited hot water at a very chilly 55 degrees but when we checked, it was was hot.

Best Buy Meat and Carryout

A few doors down on  Morse Street, NE, inspectors closed Best Buy Meat citing 19 violations including gross unsanitary conditions, no hot water at any of the sinks and no certified food protection manager on duty.

We saw other potential problems like birds flying and perching in the rafters, the meat counters and pecking meat scraps off the floor and a meat slicer.

We did find the hot water problem had been corrected.

China DC Noodles

Around the corner on 5th Street, NE, inspectors suspended China DC Noodles citing 7 violations including rodent droppings in several places throughout the facility. The manager declined our request to look around for improvements. Inspectors shut down China DC Noodle last year citing imminent health hazards.

Pizza Autentica

On 7th Street, SW, "food stored in the establishment's toilet room" is what inspectors cited Pizza Autentica with among 8 other violations including mold on the ice machine and hot water as low as 52 degrees, less than half of DC's required minimum 110 degrees.

Workers didn't allow us to see that bathroom cited as part-pantry and part-potty.

Union Station's Vittorio's Pizzeria Shut Down

At Union Station, inside the food court, inspectors closed Vittorio's Pizza citing 12 violations including mice droppings in the food service area, a live roach observed on the service counter and improper food storage temperatures like chicken at 43 degrees.

We asked but the worker declined our request to look around for improvements at Vittorio's Pizzeria.

All the restaurants passed re-inspection and are back in business. 


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