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Restaurant closures include hospital store rodents

WASHINGTON  (WUSA9) -- A hospital gift shop shut down for rodents and a popular pizza chain closed for health violations. Those and other restaurant risks in WUSA9's Restaurant Alert.

Updated: To see a photo gallery with hundreds of Washington area restaurant closures since 2012 click here.

Inspectors temporarily closed:  Trattoria Alberto's, 506 8th Street, SE DC; Alabama Exxon, 3825 Alabama Ave., SE DC; Lori's Gift Shop at Prudential Hospital, 1150 Varnum Street, NE DC, Pizza Bolis, 12949 Wisteria Drive, Germantown, Md.; Shop Smart Outlet, 49001 Allentown Road, Camp Spring, Md.

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All the restaurants have since passed re-inspection. They are back in business.

Hospital gift shop cited for rodents.

Inside Providence Hospital on Varnum Street, NE, inspectors closed Lori's Gift shop citing 5 violations including rodent contaminated prepacked snack items and mice feces on the floor near the snack food display.

A store district manager said she'd ask Lori's corporate offices to respond, but no one did; nor did anyone from Providence Hospital.

Barracks Row restaurant suspended

In the District, along Barracks Row, inspectors closed Trattoria Alberto's on Eighth Street, SE, for not staffing anyone certified in food safety.

The manager at Trattoria Alberto's acknowledged he allowed his certification to expire and said he re-certified the same day.

Pizza Bolis

In Germantown, Pizza Bolis on Wisteria Drive was hit with 9 violations including storing potentially hazardous foods at improper temperatures like meatballs at 103 degrees instead of the safe, required 165 degrees.

Officials also cited Pizza Bolis for "no hot water being delivered from any of the required plumbing fixtures.

The manager wouldn't let our cameras in but allowed us to measure the hot water previously cited at a failing 87 degrees.  WUSA9's reading showed they met Maryland's minimum passing temperature of 100 degrees.

Maryland outlet closed

Near Joint Base Andrews in Camp Springs, Maryland, inspectors closed the Shop Smart Outlet for operating without a health department permit.

Shop Smart Outlet Manager showed us his health department permit.

Exxon cited

The Exxon station on Alabama Avenue in Southeast was also cited for no hot water, measuring at 61 degrees and beverages stored on the floor.

An employee said the problem was fixed but the manager was out and he would not call him for us.

Hot water is one of the most common violation closures and if you ever go into a bathroom and the hot water isn't warm enough that you would consider taking a bath in it, it probably is not hot enough to be what experts would consider safe.