2001-01-06 / Front Page

Crown’s Feather’s Plucked

Signs posted on Crown Chicken stating that the establishment is closed by order of the Commissioner of Health.

By Paula Montemorano

By order of the New York City Health Department, Crown Fried Chicken, located at the corner of Beach 116 street and Rockaway Beach boulevard, was ordered to close on Tuesday, January 2.

According to an employee at the establishment, they have continued serving customers although there are signs posted on the building stating that they were closed by the Health Department. The staff member also said that the Health Department closed the business because of a faulty water heater, but were to return on Thursday, January 4 to reopen the business. At the time of questioning no manager was present.

Erich Giebelhaus, spokesperson for the New York City Department of Health said, "The reason the restaurant was closed was because of inadequate hand washing facilities and unsanitary conditions for food preparation. The establishment does not have an operating permit and has not passed inspection. It has to pass a compliance inspection before it is reopened."

Another Health Department official told The Wave that the establishment was not suppose to be opened until inspectors confirmed that conditions were appropriate. He also stated that they were returning to Crown Chicken on Thursday, not to reopen it but to reclose it for not complying with the first closure notice.

There is a hearing set for the Administrative Tribunal in which the owners will have an opportunity to appear in court.

Crown Fried Chicken is closed until further inspection of the facility and its operations are in proper health accordance.

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