On Saturday, I stopped by the always excellent David's Bagels on First Avenue and 16th Street and found it was closed with the gate pulled halfway down. Even in the 30 seconds I stood there I met four or five people who loved David's and were shocked that it was closed.
This week, the gate was lifted high enough for people to see the familiar yellow notice from the Department of Health... several readers shared photos of this...
[Photo via EVG reader Doug]
According to public records, the Department of Health closed the establishment following an inspection last Friday that turned up 60 violations points.
The top-three sanitary violations noted by the DOH were:
- Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
- Food not cooled by an approved method whereby the internal product temperature is reduced from 140º F to 70º F or less within 2 hours, and from 70º F to 41º F or less within 4 additional hours.
- Live roaches present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
Public records show that David's has never run afoul of the DOH before... last inspection, from June 13, turned up just 9 violation points.
As the readers said, hopefully David's will be back open soon. Calls to the shop went unanswered yesterday.
Updated 11 a.m.
A reader says they are back open...