Restaurant Closings: Tackle Box, Sahara Prince of the Harbor

The D.C. Department of Health made the Georgetown scene again, after showing up during the Fourth of July, to shut down temporarily a few more restaurants. Last week, two new Georgetown establishments faced similar fates: Tackle Box and Sahara Prince of the Harbor.

As first reported by investigative reporter Russ Ptacek of WUSA9 News, representatives of Tackle Box and Sahara Prince found it difficult to respond to the citations forthrightly.

Tackle Box, Georgetown’s self-proclaimed “first and only lobster shack” located at 3245 M St., NW, received 14 citations for health code violations, six of which were considered “critical.” The citations include, among others, rat droppings and flies in the eatery. This closing comes approximately 10 months after Tackle Box received a cease and desist order last April.

Sahara Prince of the Harbor, the lounge and tobacco shop at 1042 Wisconsin Ave., NW, received 22 violations. Frozen food was found in a broken freezer stored at an inappropriately high 45 degrees. Also, like Tackle Box, rat droppings were spotted.

Both restaurants have since addressed their citations and reopened for business.


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