Friday, April 12, 2013
"We were appalled that an owner could allow this to happen," Cookies by Design national president Jack Long told WUSA9.
The owner of Bethesda's Cookies by Design has seen her franchise agreement revoked after WUSA9 reported on a mice infestation at the bakery, the station reports. Last month, a WUSA9 reporter found mice droppings in the popular cookie shop's kitchen and near refrigerators and cookie trays. Cookies by Design national president Jack Long told WUSA9 he revoked the owner's franchise agreement following the report, saying he was "appalled that an owner could allow this to happen." The store closed its Cordell Avenue location for good several days after the report. Read the full story at WUSA9.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
A WUSA9 reporter found mouse droppings inside the bakery after it opened again following a re-inspection.
Cookies by Design, a popular Bethesda bakery franchise that offers custom gifts and gourmet cookies, was recently closed by Montgomery County health inspectors because they discovered evidence of mice, WUSA9 reported. Inspectors, who were responding to a complaint, reported seeing a live mouse, according to the report. The store opened again following a temporary closure and a re-inspection, but a WUSA9 reporter who visited the store on camera discovered mouse droppings "behind the cookie pans, near the refrigerators and in the center of the store." The owner told WUSA9 cleanup was continuing and she was complying with health inspectors' requests. Read the full story and view the video at WUSA9.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
A Jan. 16 inspection found that the holding temperature for cold foods was out of compliance.
Hampden Lane's Hampden Café recently closed after county health inspectors found food being kept "at potentially dangerous temperatures, no hot water, and a refrigerator that wasn't cold enough to keep food safe," WUSA9 News' Russ Ptacek reported. Since the closure, the restaurant (at 4800 Hampden Ln., Bethesda) has new thermometers to keep the sandwich shop up to code, Ptacek added. An inspection on Jan. 16 found that the holding temperature for cold foods was out of compliance, along with the hot and cold running water. An inspection the next day found the cold holding temperature back in compliance, according to the county's online database of restaurant inspection reports. Hampden Café serves sandwiches, burritos and salads, with no …
View inspection reports for Montgomery County restaurants at dataMontgomery and for DC restaurants at the city's Health Regulation and Licensing Administration website.
Montgomery County health officials are now posting restaurant inspection data online at the dataMontgomery website, launched in December as part of the county’s open government efforts. The website also includes residential permits, completed 311 requests, cable complaints, county contracts and employee salaries, according to a county press release. Users may view inspection results online for restaurants and other food service establishments, including compliance with food safety requirements, nutritional labeling, the trans fat ban, and the posting of non-smoking signs, according to the release. Users also may sort data by restaurant name or location and view violations and closures, according to county Health and Human Services …