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UPDATED: Hill Country Temporarily Closed for Critical Health-Code Violation

The barbecue spot says it has re-opened.

The popular Penn Quarter spot Hill Country temporarily closed due to pests. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Talk about bad timing. On the eve of one of the biggest barbecue holidays in Washington, Hill Country was temporarily closed by the District’s Department of Health. The cause: a critical violation issued during an inspection on June 25, which cites a variety of unsavory findings, including mouse droppings, fruit flies, a live cockroach in the bakery area, and a dead mouse in dry storage. 

A DOH sign was posted on the door of the Penn Quarter ’cue joint noting that it would be closed until further notice. A representative for the restaurant says that the issue has been addressed, and that Hill Country would reopen at 1. An official statement is expected soon. We’ll update this post as we learn more. 

Update (1:40 PM): A representative for the restaurant gave Best Bites this statement: “Hill Country DC was temporarily closed by the Department of Health on Tuesday, July 2, 2014. We have a rigorous maintenance and extermination policy in place to ensure the health and well-being of our guests and staff. We have worked closely with department officials over the last 24 hours, and we reopened for business today, July 3rd, at 1:00pm. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our guests.”

  • cozmot

    Why didn't they have a "rigorous maintenance and extermination policy" to begin with? No employee does not notice rat crap, coach roaches and fruit flies. I'll eat there again when they have fired management. Until then, I'll have my bbq elsewhere without fecal matter and vermin, thank you.

  • Riley Temple

    The best day to eat at any restaurant is the day it re-opens after it was closed for a health code violation.

  • Dirk Diggler

    There was something different about that corn pudding yesterday, i do recall.
    The fried jalapeno did have a tail, now that i remember. The pork ribs had a collar attached to it that read, "Frisky" "if Lost call 202-555-1212"....

  • Struckanerve9

    Awww that's where my pet pig Frisky done run off ter.

  • Duck O'Death

    Rumour: the microphone is not swabbed with sanitizer between performances

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