Bad news for anyone in the market for gourmet jelly beans and rosemary-flecked flatbreads. Washingtonian's Carol Ross Joynt took these photos outside Dean & Deluca at 3276 M Street, Northwest Thursday morning. An employee at the shop said Dean & Deluca had no comment and would not confirm whether or not they were closed at present. We have a call in with the Department of Health and will update when there is more information.
Update: An inspection report obtained by WUSA9 cites infractions at the shop that include roaches, mold, and rat droppings in the cafe and the cheese section.
Update 2: A Dean & Deluca rep e-mailed a statement Thursday evening. It appears in full below.
Yesterday, our Georgetown store was temporarily closed, primarily due to issues in our open-air cafe that arose from major construction next door. We have been working closely with the health department today to immediately address all areas of concern, and are pleased to report that the market has re-opened.
The cafe outside remains closed for service, but only because there are birds that have flown into the open air space. While we are unable to serve food and beverages at the cafe, guests are still welcome to sit there and enjoy food bought inside the market. Additionally, we are in the process of temporarily moving the espresso bar inside, until the outdoor cafe issues are resolved. We hope to re-open with full service as soon as possible.
As always, Dean & Deluca is committed to offering our team and guests the cleanest and most hygienic environment, and we will continue to work tirelessly to achieve the highest standards.