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Health Risks At Subway & Manager Flees From Questions

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) - A Subway manager ordered our Food Alert crew out of his Adams Morgan restaurant - and speed walked himself out too - when we asked questions about potentially risky operating conditions.

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The Adams Morgan Subway, a second Subway shop in Hyattsville, an iconic Howard University neighborhood restaurant and an independent Bethesda sandwich shop were closed for violations experts say put customers at risk of potentially serious illness.

Adams Morgan Subway orders us out as manager flees store for neighboring business

The Subway restaurant at 2469 18th St. NW had just been reopened after being closed for violating the requirement to have a food safety manager on duty, meat balls at potentially sickening holding temperatures, and operating without hot water.

When we were there, the "sandwich artists" told us, despite passing re-inspection, there was no one in the store certified in safe food handling, which is required by the city.

During our visit, according to our thermometer, the water running out of the hot water tap in the bathroom was only 100 degrees, which is 10 degrees less than the required 110.

When we told the workers they were required to have a certified food manager on duty, they put us on the phone with a manager who said he was on his way.

About 20 minutes later, a voice from the store's front door ordered us to leave. He identified himself as the manager and then fled into a neighboring business insisting that the hot water was 110 degrees but not stopping to answer questions.

Thermometer readings can be affected by the device and the operator, so we asked Subway's national headquarters and the health department to double-check.

A Subway spokesman said an inspection in response to our findings found everything safe and in order.

Hyattsville Subway ordered closed for operating without running water

The Hyattsville Subway, 2461 Chillum Rd., was ordered closed for operating with no running water.

Inspectors responded to the neighborhood after a citizen reported businesses operating despite a water main break shutting off water.

When we went to the store, workers there too said there was no certified food manager on duty, which is a violation of safe food handling requirements.

A Subway spokesman said the chain takes safe food handling seriously.

"If a violation is found, the problem is immediately corrected," said Subway spokesman Les Winograd. "If any violation is found during the next inspection, steps are taken to terminate the franchise agreement. "

Bethesda sandwich shop closed for no hot water and food at potentially sickening temperatures

The manager of Hampden Café on Hampden Lane in Bethesda has invested in thermometers since the closure there for food at potentially dangerous temperatures, no hot water, and a refrigerator that wasn't cold enough to keep food safe.

He spent several minutes with our crew showing us changes that he's made to improve his walk-in refrigerator and other areas cited as deficient by inspectors.

When we checked the temperature in the refrigerator, it met code and he showed us the hot water was 117 degrees, which exceeds required minimums.

Shaw neighborhood institution closed for rodents

Across the street from Howard University, inspectors cited Torries-GFS Catering on V St. NW for vermin.

Inside the restaurant, the walls are covered with pictures of DC icons. We asked if we could see inside the kitchen. They said no.

Inspectors reported a contamination control violation, mice droppings in the kitchen and outside, rodent holes near the dumpsters

All the restaurants had passed re-inspection prior to our visit and had reopened.

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