Barney Greengrass shut down by the Department of Health
New York City’s latest closure by the Department of Health is none other than Upper West Side icon Barney Greengrass. The Jewish appetizing shop and restaurant failed a DOH inspection on Thursday for violations such as evidence of live mice and roaches — close to 300 mouse droppings, according to the Times — inadequate personal cleanliness, and more.
The closure came one day after Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, the busiest time of year for the cured fish restaurant. Owner Gary Greengrass told neighborhood blog West Side Rag that the closure is “unfortunate” and “a little unfair.” But it’s not the first time Barney Greengrass has had health inspection issues — inspections in 2017 and earlier this year found similar issues. A re-inspection will likely happen this week.
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