Lexington Market shut down after viral video shows rat in bakery case

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Management at Lexington Market announced it is closing the market for the day after video surfaced showing a rat crawling over baked goods in a glass case.

The original video, uploaded to Facebook yesterday, has been viewed about 58,000 times.

Shortly after, the Baltimore City Health Department moved to close two stalls in the famous food market, Berger Bakery and Buttercup Bakery.

In a statement on social media, Lexington Market managers wrote they decided to close to “expedite our work with the Health Department, our merchants, our staff, and our pest control company.”

“This will enable us to take every necessary step to ensure that we are providing the best possible experience for our customers,” the announcement said. “We will continue to update you on the steps we are taking and the time of the Market’s reopening.”

Lexington Market is scheduled to open tomorrow during at its normal time, 6 a.m., the market announced this afternoon, after saying the problem “has been contained and resolved.”

“We thank our merchants, staff, and contractors for working together as a team during the voluntary temporary closure today,” the statement said. “We apologize for any inconvenience to our customers and look forward to continuing to serve as a resource for the community and for visitors to Baltimore.”

The market had problems earlier this month, according to a report by WJZ, when management closed emergency repairs to the cooling system.

The health department previously shut down the Berger Bakery in October 2016 due to pest issues. The stand reopened two days later.

A plan was approved earlier this year to study razing the current structure and building a new one where the parking lot sits.

This post has been updated.

Brandon Weigel

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