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Code Violations Close 2 Restaurants in Bryn Mawr

Problems at Beijing Inn and Ha Long Bay included vermin infestations, according to health inspectors.

Two Lancaster Avenue restaurants have shut down after health inspections revealed many code violations.

One of the restaurants, Beijing Inn at 812 W. Lancaster Ave., had already closed in January, but the building is also deemed structurally unsafe at the moment. Officials have prohibited entry as of Sept. 14, according to a township notice posted on the door.

The Montgomery County Health Department inspection report for the Chinese restaurant on Aug. 28 tallied 11 violations out of 54 categories, including "mouse-like droppings observed on shelves and prep surfaces throughout kitchen" and "fly-like insects".

At 816 W. Lancaster Ave. is the Vietnamese eatery Ha Long Bay. The inspector there Aug. 28 found 16 violations, most notably: "Too many to count dead and alive roach-like insects observed in kitchen ... and upstairs food prep area."

The owner of both properties could not be reached for comment Tuesday. It was not clear whether the businesses will pursue reinspection with a view toward reopening either restaurant or both. Owner Phi Lien Lam had been trying to replace Beijing Inn with another Asian restaurant, officials said.

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