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Closed: Sept. 12
Reopened: Sept. 12
History: No citations listed in city records dating back to 1999.
Health Department Says: no certified food manager; operating a food establishment with gross unsanitary conditions
Business Says: Bad luck. When Fresco ran low on napkins one day, the Foggy Bottom deli’s food manager ran out to Safeway for reinforcements. The health-department inspector happened to show up while the manager was off the premises. The inspector issued a warning, but when he returned five days later, the manager was out again, and the inspector nailed him. “It’s a silly thing, really,” says co-owner Abe Mansour, who stops in on a rainy Tuesday to make a plate of fresh fruit from the salad bar. “I told [the manager], if you’re going to leave, make sure there are two of you.” As for the unsanitary conditions, Mansour says a faucet was leaking on a food preparation area, a minor plumbing issue that was remedied less than 24 hours later. According to Mansour, the health department “came back immediately and was completely satisfied. They apologized, and they left.”