Breadline Closed for Now
The Breadline, a simple lunch spot that had earned a place in Tom Sietsema's 2006 Dining Guide, is temporarily closed for health code violations. According to a report filed on Thursday, the restaurant was shut down for these reasons: "Operating without a valid license, operating with incorrect hot and cold holding temps for potentially hazardous foods that do not comply with the food code and could not be corrected at the time of the inspection. Failing to minimize the presence of vermin on the premises and operating a food establishment with circumstances that may endanger the public health."
"We are working closely with the District to make all the necessary repairs to bring the Breadline operation up to code," said Morell Marean, vice president of operations for Breadline. He added later, "we're working to remediate all of the issues within the restaurant thoroughly and completely to meet and exceed Health Department standards." According to Marean, his company began architecture and engineering work for a full-scale renovation of the Breadline space six months ago because they wanted to upgrade the aging restaurant.
"I was disappointed when I heard the news," said local bread legend Mark Furstenberg. Furstenberg founded Breadline in the late 1990s, but sold his interest in the company more than two years ago and now has no involvement with it. Located at 17th and Pennsylvania, the restaurant has been a favorite of nearby workers for many years.
Marean hopes to have the restaurant up and running in a few days (pending the Health Department re-inspection), with a larger renovation to follow once permitting is complete.
UPDATE: Breadline has reopened after a clean re-inspection.
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