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A small cult of Schadenfreudians can’t wait for Sunday’s Post to skim the alerts from local departments of health to see which area restaurants have been shut down that week for health code violations. Some read out of fear that one of their regular haunts will be listed in the Hall of Shame, but others read just for the sheer joy of being able to see into the kitchen.

If you own a business that doesn’t pass muster, it obviously creates some interesting public relations problems. What do you say when the health department has declared your restuarant unfit for human consumers? Identifying ourselves only as hungry potential patrons, we called various health code violators to ask about their recent shuttering. Though employees from two establishments, Majestic Restaurant in Falls Church and the Black-Eyed Pea in Herndon, were completely honest as to why they were closed, the excuses their counterparts offered were usually something less

than savory.CP

Food Establishments Closed

for Health Code Violations

Name of BusinessDate Reason Cited for ClosingReason Given to Caller

Closed

China Chef7/20Unsanitary conditions; no”We had to clean up the kitchen

7810 East Lee Highway, certified food manager.hood service. The fan broke

Falls Churchdown, so there’s no way we could

cook inside. The smoke filled the

kitchen….It’s very hot outside,

and the smoke and the heat were filling the kitchen, and the fan

didn’t work, so the manager said

we could go home.”

China Gourmet7/15Evidence of roaches and mice; “Yesterday we were remodeling

2918 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SEunclean food contact surfaces;the kitchen….Because some of

no soap and paper towels the equipment’s getting old.”

at handsinks.

D & 11 Market7/15Evidence of rodents; outdated food “I had to go somewhere.”

1032 D St. NEitems offered for sale; garbage

disposal unit in disrepair; no running

water on the premises.

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Pakeeza’s 7/9-7/13Operating without a health “I don’t know. I can’t remember. Our

Sweets and Spicesdepartment permit; selling open car broke down.”

4941 Harford Ave., Beltsvillefood without adequate facilities.

Spring Garden 7/9Evidence of roaches; potentially “It was some emergency at their

Restauranthazardous foods held at improper house, so they had to close down 3618 14th St. NWtemperatures; unclean food contact for a while.”

surfaces; no soap and paper towels

at handsinks.

Thai Classic 7/21-7/26Rodent/vermin infestation; repeat/”We need to rearrange something.

Restaurantflagrant violations; lacking means Our freezer broke down from

14511 Lee Jackson Memorialto sanitize.pressure. So I had to move around a Highway, Chantillylot of stuff….The freezer broke down,

and the food spoils, and the

health department doesn’t want

you to short the customer. They

have to approve of the new

freezer….We hope to be open

next week.”

Mr. P’s Two7/17Evidence of rodents and flies; “What difference does it make?

Restaurantunclean food contact surfaces; We’re open now. We was closed….2006 Rhode Island Ave. NEfood items held at improper That information I don’t have to give

temperatures; plumbing fixturesout. If you want to come by now,

in disrepair.you can. If not, have a nice day.”