Greenpointers who were getting used to heritage grain pastries and coffee at the co-working space will be disappointed to learn that Norman will not be open in the morning: The all-day cafe from Scandinavian chefs Claus Meyer and Fredrik Berselius has hit a snag and has been temporarily closed by the New York City Department of Health.
The DOH first flagged the restaurant during its January inspection before it opened for “Food contact surface improperly constructed or located. Unacceptable material used.” There were other flags at the time — no “wash hands” sign at the hand wash facility and the absence of a thermometer around the fridge or “hot holding equipment” — but a spokesperson says the closing is due to a structural issue.
“Norman is temporarily closed to make structural updates to comply with the New York City Health Department,” she said. “They look forward to reopening shortly.”
The 140-seat Greenpoint restaurant is part of A/D/O, the 23,000 square-foot co-working space. It debuted at the end of March serving breakfast and lunch dishes like buffalo milk yogurt with rhubarb preserves and sunflower seed granola, crab toast, and a cheese sandwich with green apple.