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Health Violations Close Maryland Bakeries & Cafes

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) A high-end Bethesda bakery, a well- known fried chicken restaurant, and a Dunkin' Donuts are among six DMV eateries closed by health inspectors for sanitation violations.


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Inspectors cited violations ranging from mice and a dead rat to roaches and no hot water.

Bethesda bakery closed for sanitation violation

Inside Rockville's Praline Bakery on Sangamore Road, the manager allowed our cameras inside where we found the kitchen in order.

Montgomery County health officials had ordered the bakery and bistro temporarily closed because it was operating without hot water - which is required for hand washing.

Inspectors cited multiple violations at Praline including an employee sticking her bare finger in the bakery soup, cross-contamination control, and food at potentially unsafe temperatures.

Dunkin' Donuts cited for multiple violations

At Dunkin' Donuts on Colesville Road in Silver Spring either, inspectors cited multiple violations, including no hot water prior to ordering it shuttered.

Dunkin' Donuts' manager showed our cameras inside the kitchen where there is hot water now, and it appears clean.

Crawling roaches and mouse droppings at popular fried chicken spot

New York Fried Chicken on St. Barnabas Rd. in Temple Hills is under an order to remain closed until they clean up.

A man who opened the doors for our cameras said, "I don't know," when asked about plans to correct multiple violations.

Included in a long list of food dangers, inspectors cited crawling roaches and mice droppings right next to the food in the kitchen.

Sewage on Chinese restaurant's kitchen floor

In Gaithersburg, sewage on the kitchen floor closed Yu-Zhou Café on N. Frederick Ave., behind Gaithersburg Square.

Inspectors also cited a hand washing violation, soiled equipment, and a chef for eating rice cake at his wok station.

The manager of Yu-Zhou showed our cameras a cleaned kitchen and now, working drains, and clean floors.

Flies, roaches, and rodents close Fort Washington bakery and café

In Fort Washington on Livingston Road, inspectors suspended North Star Bakery Café citing hand washing violations, fly infestation, roach infestation and rodents.

The owner invited our cameras in where we saw the kitchen was in order and there were no signs of vermin.

Complaint with photo of dead rat leads to suspension

A complaint accompanied by a photo of a dead rat led to the closure of Francis' Carryout on 34TH St. in Mt. Rainier.

Workers allowed us in saw where our camera recorded them making tamales which filled large vats.

Inspectors cited no hand washing, no running water to the kitchen hand sink, and the photographed dead rat in the closure order for Francis' Carryout.

We didn't see signs of rodents during our visit.

Except for New York Fried Chicken, all the restaurants had passed re-inspection and reopened prior to our visits.