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Baltimore restaurant closed over rodent infestation after TikTok goes viral

By Rohan Mattu,


Baltimore restaurant closed over rodent infestation after TikTok goes viral 00:20

BALTIMORE -- A downtown Baltimore restaurant was shut down Thursday by the city's health department not long after a food blogger recorded mice visiting the business.

Chloe Lynn, who runs a popular DMV-based food blog on TikTok as @Chloelynneats , paid a visit this week to Blackwall Hitch in the Inner Harbor, but left hungry after she saw some of its patrons.

"'hey siri: call the health department'" it's giving infestation," Lynn captioned a video that has garnered over 10,000 likes and nearly 1,500 comments as of Friday.

"So we went to Blackwall Hitch in Baltimore and within 10 minutes of sitting down, I saw like five, six mice," Lynn narrated, accompanied with a clip of a mouse under a seat. "Not the waiter asked if we wanna move tables. Move tables? I wanna leave and I am leaving."

While she loved the decor, Lynn advised people not to go there.

"This is not Ratatouille," an unidentified man said in the post. "Rats are not our friends."

Apparently, someone did call the health department.

The Baltimore City Health Department said in a tweet Thursday -- a day after Lynn's video was posted -- that Blackwall Hitch was closed for a rodent infestation.

The department said the restaurant needs to "correct all violations" and pass a reinspection before it can reopen.

WJZ did not immediately receive a response to a request for comment from Blackwall Hitch.

The restaurant, which says it offers upscale coastal dining, has locations in Annapolis and Alexandria that are owned by a separate hospitality group.

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