Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Australian Homemade shuttered and seized

The Australian Homemade ice cream/candy shop on St. Mark's Place near Avenue A abruptly closed down. It was open as of yesterday...and today:




According to the sign, the business was seized...



As you may recall, the St. Mark's shop was "temporarily closed for construction" back in January.

Perhaps it had something to do with this... on Jan. 22, Australian Homemade was inspected by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)...and promptly shut down. According to city records, nine violations were cited, resulting in 93 violation points. (Anything more than 27 violation points means they will conduct a follow-up inspection.) As the DOHMH noted, the violations included "expired milk," "not vermin proof," "personal cleanliness inadequate" and "evidence of mice or live mice present in facility's food and/or non-food areas."

The Australian Homemade at 33 E. Eighth St. remains open.

6 comments:

hntrnyc said...

once, was all it took for me. the young lady behind the counter was wearing an ice cream smeared shirt and a very bad attitude. Seems that the glut of frozen calorie dealers in the hood were not the only reason this place is gone.

esquared said...

Wtf? I actually liked that place. Just took out of town friends and family there last week. Why can't any of the fro-yo or cupcake joints shutter? What else is new?

EV Grieve said...

I swear this place was open Tuesday night when I walked by... This yesterday — bam.

Never been there myself, but I have friends who like the candy.

Anonymous said...

Actually the place closed when the landlord suddenly tried to raise the rent to a crazy high level. They could not afford to be there any more so they left. Now the store is empty and the landlord is getting nothing. Good business in a recession???

EV Grieve said...

Thanks for the comment, anon — how did you hear about the rent hike?

Anonymous said...

It was a combination of rent hike and tax increase as I am told. The landlord was passing on his city tax hikes to the store (as was probably in the lease) but the store could not pay it. They tried to negoitate a lower amount but the landlord would not budge.