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Mount Vernon Dunkin Donuts closes due to 'heavy rodent infestation'

Posted at 10:20 AM, Feb 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-26 11:07:30-05

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore Dunkin Donuts in the Mount Vernon neighborhood has closed its doors after some unwanted visitors decided they also wanted to run on Dunkin.

The Baltimore City Health Department says they closed the coffee chain store on Monday after evidence of a heavy rodent infestation throughout the facility.

The store that was shut down is the location at 840 Guilford Avenue in the city.

According to the report done by the health department, there were fresh mouse dropping seen on all floor corners, counter tops of food prep surfaces, exteriors of dry food bags inside a box, as well as in the office and the hot water tank room.

But that was not their only violation. The report also highlights a slew of other issues at the store, including employees using leftover ice cream, putting it on top of new ice cream, and then serving it to a customer.

Other violations include hand-sink water splashing on or near food-contact surfaces, unknown large piece particles inside of the ice cream dipper, concrete debris on the surfaces around the ice cream cases, and chocolate stains on the wall.

In the report it spells out that this specific Dunkin Donuts cannot sell, prepare, give away, or receive any food until they are approved by the Baltimore City Health Department. In order for that to happen, the store needs to correct all of their violations, write a letter about how the violations have been corrected and how they will prevent it from happening again, they are inspected by a pest control company, they pay a re-inspection fee, and they attend a conference to discuss the closure.