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DOH Closes Columbia Heights Papa John’s for ‘Heavy’ Vermin Infestation

by Tim Regan — August 26, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

(Updated at 11 a.m. Aug. 30) A D.C. food safety and hygiene inspector temporarily closed a Papa John’s in Columbia Heights yesterday after finding that the pizzeria had a “heavy infestation of vermin.”

The Papa John’s at 1417 Otis Place NW can’t serve customers until further notice for “operating a food establishment with gross insanitary occurrence or condition that may endanger public health but not limited to heavy infestation of vermin,” the D.C. Department of Health said in a notice yesterday afternoon. The pizzeria also didn’t have a “certified food manager” when an inspector visited.

The agency didn’t immediately provide any further details about the closure. The DOH typically releases full reports on restaurant closures within a week of its inspections.

When reached by phone yesterday, an employee at the pizzeria said the store had an “emergency closure” after its ovens stopped working but did not elaborate. A corporate representative for Papa John’s was not immediately available to comment.

The Papa John’s reopened on Saturday, Aug. 27.

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