2009-06-12 / Top Stories

Permit Problem, Rat Droppings Close Diner

By Howard Schwach

Customers of the Rockaway Diner customers were greeted with a sign ordering the closure of the eatery. Customers of the Rockaway Diner customers were greeted with a sign ordering the closure of the eatery. Hungry residents looking for a quick breakfast at the Rockaway Diner on Beach 116 Street were served instead with a sign that the establishment had been closed by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOH).

"The Health Department closed the Rockaway Diner on June 8, following an inspection that found the establishment operating without permit," a spokesperson for the DOH told The Wave on Wednesday. "The restaurant was warned on May 18 that they needed a new permit."

In addition, the spokesperson said, "The inspection on June 8 also found over 40 mice droppings in the restaurant's kitchen and basement and rodent harborage conditions such as the accumulation of old food on the restaurant's kitchen floor."

In order to reopen, the spokesperson says, the owners of the diner will have to correct the rodent dropping violation and apply for a new permit. At that time the DOH will perform a compliance inspection and then make the decision on whether or not the diner will reopen to customers.

The diner's owner was not available for comment on the diner's abrupt closing.

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