Rats at Adams Morgan sushi restaurant, sewage at Hyattsville Pizza Hut among DC restaurant closures

This week’s WUSA9 Food Alert focuses on restaurant closures for serious health department violations.

Russ Ptacek of WUSA9 reports suspensions include North Sea Carryout on 18th St. NW, Chen’s Gourmet on MacArthur Blvd. NW, Jason’s Sub in Takoma Park, Bubble Tea Café in Westfield Wheaton Mal, Pizza Hut in Hyattsville and Tis Corner Café in Silver Spring.

All the restaurants passed health department re-inspections and are back in business.

In the heart of Adams Morgan, our Food Alert cameras recorded rat feces on the basement floor in a restaurant known for Asian fusion and sushi.

Prior to our visit, health inspectors cited the restaurant, North Sea Carryout on 18th St. NW, for 20 violations

The manager showed us paperwork proving he’d corrected the certified food safety manager violation, and a tour inside showed no sign of large flies cited by inspectors or the thermometer violations cited in the suspension report.

He said an exterminator is battling the situation, but we found rat droppings in two locations in the restaurant’s basement storage area.

We didn’t find any violations in the kitchen.