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Rodent Feces Helped Trigger Dupont Diner Closure, DOH Says

by Andrew Ramonas — January 6, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Luna Diner and Grill (Photo via Facebook/Luna Grill and Diner DC)A D.C. food safety and hygiene inspector temporarily shut down Luna Grill and Diner last week after seeing rodent excrement inside the Dupont Circle eatery, according to the Department of Health.

The restaurant at 1301 Connecticut Ave. NW had a “gross insanitary occurrence or condition that may endanger public health including but not limited to heavy infestation of vermin,” DOH said when the inspector ordered it closed on Dec. 28.

In the full inspection report released today, the agency says the inspector discovered “rodent droppings . . . on rack at waitress station area and floor in water boiler room.” The DOH official also found that Luna didn’t have any hot water running for its kitchen hand washing sink and had a can opener and chopping boards that weren’t “clean to sight and touch,” among other problems, according to the report.

The diner was closed from Dec. 28 to Dec. 30, when it passed a follow-up DOH inspection.

Luna manager Jeff, who declined to give his last name, said last week the closure was an “unfortunate event” that had more to do with the restaurant not having its DOH paperwork in order than having a vermin problem.

“We’ve never had any issue with the health department,” he said.

Photo via Facebook/Luna Grill and Diner DC

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