by Tim Regan February 9, 2016 at 2:40 pm 0

Post Pub reopened Feb 9

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. (more…)

by Tim Regan February 5, 2016 at 11:45 am 4 Comments

An iconic restaurant and bar named after The Washington Post is temporarily closed after a food safety and hygiene inspector reported it had an “infestation of vermin” and issues with its plumbing and refrigerators.

Post Pub at 1422 L St. NW is closed until further notice following the D.C. Department of Health’s findings.

The pub was ordered closed for “operating with incorrect hot and cold holding temperatures for potentially hazardous foods” 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,” according to a DOH closure notice.

Bob Beaulieu, the pub’s owner, said inspectors closed the restaurant around lunchtime yesterday 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. (more…)

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.

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by Andrew Ramonas December 31, 2015 at 11:15 am 0

Luna Grill and Diner (Photo via Luna Grill and Diner)

A Dupont Circle diner is back in business after a food safety and hygiene inspector reported a “heavy infestation of vermin,” according to the D.C. Department of Health.

Luna Grill and Diner at 1301 Connecticut Ave. NW reopened yesterday afternoon after the DOH official closed it Monday. The restaurant passed a follow-up health department inspection, allowing it to begin serving customers again.

The inspector on Monday found a “gross insanitary occurrence or condition that may endanger public health including but not limited to heavy infestation of vermin,” according to the agency. But DOH has yet to provide more details about what the inspector found.

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by Jennifer Currier December 29, 2015 at 10:30 am 1 Comment

Luna Grill (via Facebook:Luna Grill and Diner DC)

A Dupont Circle diner is temporarily closed after a food safety and hygiene inspector reported it had a “heavy infestation of vermin” problem.

Luna Grill and Diner at 1301 Connecticut Ave. NW is closed until further notice following the D.C. Department of Health’s findings.

The grill is closed for “operating a food establishment with gross insanitary  conditions that may endanger public health including but not limited to heavy infestation of vermin,” according to a DOH closure notice. It does not specify when Luna Grill will reopen or what must be done to meet DOH compliance.

A representative for the restaurant also couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

According to its Facebook page, Luna Grill was founded in 1996 and has been serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks in D.C. since. The restaurant has a second location in Arlington, VA.

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

Photo via Facebook/Luna Grill and Diner DC

by Tim Regan July 10, 2015 at 10:30 am 0

Subway at 2301 Georgia Ave NW

The D.C. Department of Health said it closed a Subway near Howard University (2301 Georgia Avenue NW) yesterday due to the eatery “failing to minimize the presence of insects, rodents and other pests on the premises.”

An employee at that location confirmed this morning that the Subway franchise was closed by the health department, but said it was related to a broken water pipe in the back of the store.

“We solved the problem already,” said the employee, who did not want to be named. “They’re coming for another inspection before noon.”

When asked about the presence of insects, rodents or other pests, the employee said they could not comment.

A spokesperson for Subway could not be reached for comment.

Photo via Google Street View

by Tim Regan July 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm 0

(Updated 5:05 p.m.) A Dupont-area kabob restaurant was earlier today ordered closed by the D.C. Department of Health after an inspection uncovered vermin on the premises.

Sacrificial Lamb Kabob and Wraps at 1704 R Street NW was closed much of today for “failing to minimize the presence of insects, rodents and other pests on the premises,” according to a DOH food establishment closure notice posted on the front door of the restaurant yesterday.

The restaurant has since reopened.

Borderstan visited the restaurant earlier this morning and spoke with a manager there. The manager confirmed the presence of rats in the store’s trash cans, but said the rats were not seen inside the restaurant.

“It’s unfair,” said the manager, who did not want to be identified. “We passed a health inspection three weeks ago.”

A DOH inspection report from June 1 did not reveal the presence of rats at the restaurant.

Still, rats lurking in trash cans are enough to temporarily close a restaurant, says DOH Spokesperson Ivan Torres.

“We have to actually observe the animals or droppings, which is evidence of their presence,” Torres says. “It can be in the trash cans if the trash cans are on the premises.”

A full report from yesterday’s inspection will be posted online next week.

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