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'Mice invasion' closes WSSC'S in-house cafe

Washington, DC (WUSA9) - A blood stained refrigerator, roach excrement on the kitchen walls and a rodent infestation in a cafe at a utility company are just a few of the violations that shut down several metropolitan eateries in this week's Restaurant Alert.

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Inspectors temporarily closed Food World's Indian Market and Big Daddy's Smokehouse, 13220 Wisteria Drive, Germantown, MD, Thai Derm, 939 Bonifant Street, Silver Spring, MD, Wellbeing Cafe, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD, Manny & Olga's, 8500 Annapolis Road, New Carrollton, MD, 7-Eleven, 4221 Connecticut Avenue, NW DC.

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Unless otherwise noted, all the restaurants passed re-inspection and are back in business.

2 closures, 1 location

Inspectors closed Food World's Indian Market and its neighbor, Big Daddy's Smokehouse on Wisteria Drive in Germantown; both for operating without any hot water.

The owner did let WUSA9 check the hot water supply serving both and we found the hot water in compliance.

Health inspectors also cited Food World for floors and walls in the refrigerator being visibly soiled with excess blood from raw meats.

The owner said fresh goat blood inside the refrigerator was from a recent delivery and he's instructed workers to clean everything thoroughly every day.

Water woes

In New Carrollton, a complaint prompted inspectors to close Manny and Olga's on Annapolis Road for operating without running water. 

A worker said the owner wasn't in and declined our request to check the hot water.

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission's café ordered closed.

Inspectors closed the Wellbeing Café on Sweitzer Lane in Laurel, Md., citing a severe 'mice infestation' and ordered mice damaged and contaminated food discarded. 

A November inspection at the Café also cited a mice infestation.

The most recent closure inspection was a follow-up and identified several mice droppings on the lids of bulk food containers, on the floor in several rooms, and mice damaged walls.

In a statement, WSSC said, "The Wellbeing Café is contracted by WSSC to run our cafeteria" and, "We certainly regret the circumstances that led to the closing and corrections have now been made."

Thai Derm

On Bonifant Street in Silver Spring, Md., inspectors closed Thai Derm citing live roaches, roach excrement, and dead roaches throughout the kitchen walls and inside of their large white refrigerator.

Officials also cited Thai Derm for not staffing anyone certified in food safety  and  improper food holding temperatures like canned crab meat at 56 degrees instead of the required 41.

A worker said the manager was not in and declined our request to check for improvements.


In the District, inspectors closed the 7-Eleven on Connecticut Avenue NW, citing 10 violations including improper food holding temperatures, no hot water and no one certified in food safety management. 

An employee said the manager wasn't in and our camera wasn't allowed inside.

All the restaurants passed re-inspection and are back in business.


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