PHOTOS: Meat Slicer Roaches & Potentially Dangerous Duck, Repeat Violations | News
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - Roaches on the meat slicer of a white tablecloth restaurant in Bethesda, potentially dangerous duck in Wheaton, and repeat violations at a high dollar Tysons Galleria chain are among this health department closures included in this week's WUSA9 Food Alert.
At Paul Kee Chinese on Georgia Avenue in Wheaton, they told us they'd cleaned up the violations and we could look for ourselves, if we'd wait, just a couple of minutes.
While we waited, we observed a scurry of activity near the hanging duck and towards the kitchen door.
They were cleaning up.
After 37 minutes waiting, they told us we could go in and take a look at Paul Kee's kitchen.
When we got in, the drain was still covered with debris and the floor was so wet we couldn't identify the mush we found, but health inspectors cited mice droppings, heavily soiled equipment.
The Montgomery County Health Department ordered a closure saying hanging pork and duck were stored at temperatures experts say could make you sick.
In the District, at Mason Inn on Wisconsin Avenue in Glover Park, it was operating without hot water that resulted in a closure there.
Mason Inn's owner e-mailed saying he'd only been without hot water for an hour, but declined to schedule an interview to explain why they continued operating with conditions that experts say create food danger.
No hot water - meaning no way to properly wash hands - was also the problem in Silver Spring at El Pollo Kiki Riki on Ennals Avenue.
This wasn't the first time for a food danger closure at El Pollo Kiki Riki. This summer inspectors shut it down for operating with no electricity, meaning no proper refrigeration.
At Tysons Galleria, inspectors shut down Williams-Sonoma, a store famous for high end kitchen supplies, cited for cooking amidst repeat violations including dirty conditions and serving without a food safety manager.
In Bethesda, 25 years of white table clothes and fine dining at Tragara on Cordell Avenue came to a sudden and potentially sickening end when inspectors cited 24 violations at the Italian restaurant, finding mice droppings in both kitchens, on the shelves, food prep tables, storage, and waiter stations in company with live roaches on the meat slicer.
Tragara was in the middle of a sale, and did not reopen after the closure. The new owners are cleaning up, and they've agreed to show us inside where the kitchen was closed but sparkling.
Workers were assembling new chairs while the new owners strategized about when they would announce a name change.
All the spots passed re-inspection, and were approved to reopen.
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