D.C. Health Department Closes Dean & Deluca Due to "Vermin"

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    Ambrose Vurnis, NBCWashington.com

    The D.C. Department of Health confirmed it closed a popular Georgetown cafe Wednesday.

    Dean & Deluca on M Street was closed due to the presence of "vermin," according to the health department.

    A sign on the front door reads "Closed until further notice."

    Dean & Deluca put up a sign apologizing to customers and saying it us "closed for cleaning."

    The store sent the following statement to News4:

    [On Wednesday], 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 location's outdoor cafe 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.