2012-09-28 / Top Stories

‘The Restaurant’ Shuttered By DOH

By Nicholas Briano

The Restaurant diner located inside Rockaway Commons at 86-05 Rockaway Beach Boulevard reopened yesterday after it was closed by the Health Department late last week for receiving a failing score of 65 on their most recent inspection.

The Health Department inspected the eatery last Friday and found it to have a higher than acceptable number of critical violations that included mishandling of food, evidence of mice, roaches, tobacco use and improperly sanitized food surfaces, according to the DOH’s website.

Some minor violations on the site include the facility not being vermin proof, lack of acceptable toilet facilities, improper use of pesticides and an improperly constructed non-food contact surface.

Typically, an inspection score higher thana28,whichresultsinaCrating, warrants an automatic re-inspection of the property. If the critical violations are too high the Health Department can shutter the business until the critical violations are addressed.

The Restaurant diner was shuttered by the Health Department this week. The Restaurant diner was shuttered by the Health Department this week. Under the new guidelines, restaurant owners are required to display the letter grade in their front window. Restaurants receiving 0 to 13 violation points would receive an A grade. Those with 14 to 27 points would get B’s, and those with more than 28 points would get C’s. According to DOH, however, a restaurant receiving an A will post its grade card at the end of the inspection. A restaurantreceivingaBorCwillnotbe required to post its grade immediately. These establishments are re-inspected within a month, giving owners a chance to improve upon the initial grade. However, if the restaurant owner still disagrees, he or she can request a hearing to challenge the grade. The Restaurant diner was last inspected in May and received an acceptable score of 27. When it was inspected again last week, conditions had severely worsened, enough for them to close the diner until they were addressed. The restaurant now has a “grade pending” sign in its window as the owners are given a chance to remediate the violations. Grade pending status can also mean that the owners of the eatery are protesting the grade.

The Restaurant declined to comment on the closing.

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