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Less than a week after it was cited for 19 violations of D.C. Department of Health codes — ten of them critical violations — Breadline has passed its re-inspection, says Dena Iverson, director of communications for the department. Before it can officially reopen for business, though, the sandwich shop still has to secure a new restaurant license from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.
Morell Marean, representative for the private-investor owners who bought Breadline from founder Mark Furstenberg in 2005, hopes to have the license in hand by tomorrow, which would allow Breadline to reopen for business on the same day.
“The Breadline has passed its health department inspection, and we’re looking forward to opening soon,” Marean says.
Marean wouldn’t comment on the amount of money invested — or the time spent — to get Breadline back up to code. But Furstenberg, who was at his former restaurant when the inspector was there today, told Y&H this afternoon that the shop looks born anew.
“It was beautiful. Seriously,” Furstenberg says about the repair work. “They replaced ceiling tiles, cleaned the oven, cleaned all the machinery…Everything was spotless.”
“They must have spent a fortune,” he adds.
The public will now be the final arbiter on Breadline’s future. Given the large number of violations — including that customer-killer known as vermin in the kitchen — Breadline will likely need to conduct more than a clean-up campaign to get patrons back in the door. The group will likely need to go on a PR offensive.
But for now, Marean prefers a cautious approach. As for a public statement, the representative wants to be brief and on point.
“Food safety and sanitation are of paramount importance to our company,” Marean says, “and we have worked diligently to remediate all of the items cited by the health department.”