McDonald's, Chipotle, Subway health closures | News
Washington, DC (WUSA9) - A DC area McDonald's, Chipotle and Subway were closed by health inspectors for "health hazards;" plus, other restaurants were cited for rodent issues. These issues and more top this weeks WUSA9 Restaurant Alert.
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Inspectors temporarily closed: McDonald's, 601 F Street, NW, DC, Chipotle, 601 F Street, NW, DC; Axum, 1934 9th Street, NW, DC; Subway, 1776 G Street NW, DC; Horace and Dickie's, 6912 4th Street NW, DC.
All the restaurants have since passed re-inspection are back in business.
Inspectors closed the Chinatown McDonald's and Chipotle, both on F Street, NW, the same day for inadequate hot water in their shared restrooms.
McDonald's management wouldn't talk to us but in a statement said, it was "unexpected" and a repair was made to a faulty valve.
At Chipotle, management said the restaurant had hot water everywhere else, except in their golden arches of shared toilets.
In a statement, Chipotle said, "The hot water in Chipotle kitchen was never compromised."
When WUSA9's Russ Ptacek went back to that no hot water Chipotle/McDonald's shared bathroom, we checked the hot water and it met DC's required 110 degree mark.
Hot water is one of the most common closure violations. If you go into a bathroom and the hot water isn't warm enough that you would consider taking a bath in it, it probably isn't hot enough to meet health safety standards.
On G Street, NW, inspectors closed Subway citing 4 violations including no one certified in food safety management but when we were there, Subway had a certified food safety manager on duty.
The manager we spoke with declined our request to look around for more improvements.
Horace & Dickie's suspension
Inspectors closed Horace and Dickies at 4th and Cedar NW, citing 7 violations including mice feces in a storage room.
A worker at Horace and Dickie's asked us to wait outside. We waited for ten minutes in the cold, but no one ever came back.
U St. Corridor Ethiopian Axum "health hazard"
On 9th street NW, inspectors closed Axum Ethiopian Restaurant citing 28 violations including rat droppings and a dead rat next to the dumpster
When we visited, Axum was still under a suspension order but it did pass a re-inspection and reopened.