vermin and toxins… not just for breakfast anymore

There’s nothing quite like strolling into your office, logging in to your computer, and discovering an email from the facilities manager that the cafe on the ground floor of your building has been closed for a week due to flagrant violations of the health code:

Cafe Express
1100 15th St. NW

Closed Oct. 23 for failure to minimize the presence of vermin and operating without a license, in circumstances that may endanger public health, in gross unsanitary conditions, including using toxic or poisonous materials, and with incorrect holding temperatures for potentially hazardous foods. Reopened last Thursday.

Awesome. What a way to start the day. Makes me glad I’ve never bought anything there but bottles of soda- it always smells funny and I’ve never wanted to eat anything made there.

4 Comments so far

  1. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on November 1st, 2007 @ 9:28 am

    But the real question – can you use your iPhone to get a shot of their sign that says, "Now with less vermin!"

  2. IntangibleArts (unregistered) on November 1st, 2007 @ 11:28 am


    Just last week, I was getting lunch there (first time) and was greeted by a small yet defiantly brave roach, cruising along the top of the counter…

    I scribbled a quick mental note that I should probably not go back for a 2nd time.

    That little guy was probably only a hint of what terrors were thriving back there.

  3. Don (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2007 @ 8:54 am

    He’d probably come out front because the back had become to gross for him.

  4. Zach Everson (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 2:35 pm

    Did the place ever reopen? Thanks for your info; I just wrote about Cafe Express on Gridskipper:

    I went through a few months of health code violations: Cafe Express’s was the most egregious.

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