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Dupont Bar Closed After ‘Heavy’ Vermin Infestation, DOH Says

by Tim Regan — June 2, 2016 at 2:00 pm 2 Comments

(Update: The bar reopened Thursday afternoon. View the full inspection report here.)

A D.C. food safety and hygiene inspector closed a bar and eatery in Dupont Circle Tuesday afternoon after finding that the business was “operating a food establishment with gross insanitary occurrence or condition that may endanger public health including but not limited to heavy infestation of vermin.”

Some Place Else, the bar located in the former Townhouse Tavern space at 1637 R St. NW, can’t serve locals “until further notice” because it “presents an imminent health hazard(s) to the public,” according to a notice from the D.C. Department of Health.

The agency didn’t immediately provide any further details about the closure.

“There were no pests,” said Some Place Else manager John Hall when reached for comment last night. Hall added that he thought the closure may have stemmed from an alleged dispute between some of the bar’s employees and neighboring business Body Rays Tanning.

But Michael Facciolo, the owner of Body Rays, said he had “no idea where this came from” in an email to Borderstan earlier today.

Full DOH reports on restaurant closures are typically released within a few days to a week of an inspection.

Comments (2)

  1. Unfortunately, DC is about as rodent infested as they come. One person/proprietor can’t solve this city problem. Once the infestation takes hold it takes the entire city to rid the problem and that won’t happen. Hasn’t to date and probably never will. Sad!!

  2. Michael Facciolo

    The place was shut down due to vermin amongst many other things. There are many restaurants and bars near by and they are not shut down and this is because they spend the money and time to make sure everyone is safe. To throw it on my business was completely false and absurd,

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