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Peruvian Eatery in NoMa Closed Due to Vermin Infestation, D.C. Health Agency Says

by Andrew Ramonas — May 12, 2016 at 10:30 am 3 Comments

Chicken Rico (Image via Chicken Rico)A Peruvian restaurant in NoMa is closed for now after a D.C. food safety and hygiene inspector reported observing a significant pest problem yesterday.

Chicken Rico at 77 H St. NW had a “gross insanitary occurrence or condition that may endanger public health including but not limited to heavy infestation of vermin,” according to a D.C. Department of Health notice.

The agency didn’t immediately provide any further details about the closure. DOH typically releases full reports on restaurant closures a few days after its inspections.

Juan Sanchez, a Chicken Rico manager, told Hill Now he hopes the agency will allow the restaurant to reopen this afternoon. The eatery can start serving customers again if it passes a follow-up inspection.

“It was just fruit flies,” he said.

Image via Chicken Rico

  • Steve

    Last I checked they’re still using foam containers and giving just about everyone a free plastic bag (even if you’re eating in).

  • Capitol Girl

    Open at 3:30!!! Best spot for lunch. Had a line waiting outside.

  • steve849

    Was it Peruvian vermin?

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