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Restaurant Alert: 37 violations at Chinatown cafe and 5 other eatery closures

Washington, DC (WUSA9) - A New Year and a new round of restaurants shut down for health violations included in this week's Restaurant Alert.

Updated: To see a photo gallery with hundreds of Washington area restaurant closures since 2012 click here

Inspectors temporarily closed Quan Hai Lau, 6795 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church, Va., Five Star Noodle, 1124 Congress Street, NE DC, Chicken Tortilla, 1100 8th Street, SE DC, Al's Delicatessen, 1103 8th STreet, SE DC, Charlie's Amen International Market, 3503 Georgia Ave., NW DC, China Boy, 817 6th Street, NW DC.

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All the restaurants passed re-inspection and are back in business.

37 violations at Chinatown's China Boy

Inspectors closed China Boy on 6th Street, NW citing 37 violations including a heavy infestation of vermin and employees rubbing the noodles with their bare hands.

Officials also cited China Boy for improper food temperatures and no hot water at DC's required 110 degrees at some of its hand washing sinks.

When we visited, China Boy's owner said everything had been cleaned up but she wouldn't let us or our cameras in to check for improvements.

Five Star Noodle

On Congress Street, NE, inspectors closed Five Star Noodle citing 22 violations including employees picking up the cooked noodles with their bare hands, buckets of food uncovered on the floor and birds flying around the entrance. 

The worker we spoke with said the boss wasn't in and we couldn't look around.

Charlie's Amen International Market

On Georgia Avenue, NW, inspectors closed Charlie's Amen International Market citing 5 violations including holes in the wall and ceiling.

In the 1,100 block of 8th Street, SE, inspectors closed 2 businesses in 1 block. 

Chicken Tortilla

Among Chicken Tortilla's 17 violations, raw chicken stored on the floor in the refrigerator, improper hot and cold food holding temperatures, and no one certified in food safety.

Al's Delicatessen

Down the block, inspectors closed Al's Delicatessen citing 9 violations including a heavy infestation of vermin, rodent droppings and raw steak observed thawing at room temperature.

Both Chicken Tortilla and Al's declined our request to let our cameras in to check for improvements.

Quan Hai Lau

At the Eden Center shopping center in Falls Church, the Falls Church Police Department sparked an inspection when an officer saw smoking in the facility. 

Inspectors closed Quan Hai Lua for smoking in a non-smoking area of the restaurant and no food safety manager.