Tunnicliff’s Tavern Getting Genuinely Scary – Restaurant Ranks 23rd on List of Health Code Violators
by Larry Janezich
Tunnicliff’s Tavern at 222 7th Street, SE, across from Eastern Market, has not fared well on recent health department inspections. It ranks 23rd on the list of health code violators with a total of 30 violations registered in three inspections done last November, this March and in August of this year. Twelve of the violations were deemed “critical.”
Despite being told to fix certain problems within 45 days, inspectors returned to find some of the same violations. Most critical among these was the discovery of food storage on the floor, which might help to explain the mice droppings and “live roaches” found throughout the establishment.
In addition to its location at the center of the Eastern Market Hilloween celebration tonight, it has been a gathering spot for local politicos to watch election returns on election night, and other community special events. In light of its status in the neighborhood, it was particularly disappointing to see the repeat health code violations, even when it came to simple items like posting hand-washing signs for employees in the restroom.