The Post Pub is once again open after a food safety and hygiene inspector reported it had an “infestation of vermin” and issues with its plumbing and refrigerators last week.
The Post Pub at 1422 L St. NW reopened today after it was closed by the D.C. Department of Health last Thursday. The restaurant passed a follow-up health department inspection, allowing it to serve customers again.
The inspector on Friday ordered that the pub close for “gross insanitary occurrence or condition that may endanger public health including but not limited to heavy infestation of vermin,” and “operating a food establishment with gross insanitary occurrence or condition or other circumstances that may endanger public health including but not limited to an infestation of vermin conditions.” But the DOH has yet to provide more details about what the inspector found.
Bob Beaulieu, the pub’s owner, told us inspectors closed the restaurant around lunchtime Thursday over a sink that didn’t empty into an open-mouth drain, refrigerator temperatures that were too warm and rat droppings in the bar’s basement.
Beaulieu added that the shutdown “just wasn’t fair,” and said his restaurant and bar had a “pretty good record” with health and safety regulations over the years.
Full inspection reports are generally released within a few days to a week of a DOH shutdown.