After a brief closure by the Department of Health, Barney Greengrass has reopened their doors.
The iconic Jewish appetizing shop and deli failed a DOH inspection on Thursday of last week. During this inspection, they racked up over 51 points in health violations. Among these points were evidence of live mice and roaches, inadequate personal cleanliness, and other unsanitary conditions.
A score of 28 points or higher earns a restaurant a C rating. The Health Department conducts unannounced inspections of restaurants at least once a year. During these visits, inspectors check for compliance in categories such as food handling, food temperature, personal hygiene and vermin control. Any violation of these regulations receives a certain number of points, which leads to a total score. If the noted violations can’t be corrected before the inspection ends, the Health Department may close the restaurant until violations are fixed.
The closure followed one day after the busiest day of the year for Barney Greengrass – Jewish holiday Yom Kippur. And while Barney Greengrass will reopen if conditions have improved after re-inspection, this is not the first instance of health inspection issues for “The Sturgeon King”. Public records indicate ongoing mice problems since 2016.
Now that The Sturgeon King has reopened for business, fans of the establishment (the ones who are still fans) can get their fish spreads and bagels once again.