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Blue Collar Temporarily Closed by Health Department

Blue Collar at 160 Havemeyer St. (Photo: Heidi V. via Yelp)

Nov. 10, 2017 By Nathaly Pesantez

Blue Collar, the hamburger and shakes spot in South Williamsburg, has been temporarily closed by the health department.

The retro restaurant, located at 160 Havemeyer St., was shut down after an inspection on Nov. 8 rendered three critical sanitary violations, according to DOH records. Evidence of rats or live rats present in the facility’s food and/or non-food areas is among the three listed. The supervisor of the restaurant is also listed as not holding a food protection certificate. A total of 43 violations points were recorded after the inspection.

Blue Collar opened its doors in 2012, and is known for its west-coast style hamburgers. The restaurant’s menu is simple, consisting of burgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and fries. A small variety of shakes are also served at the retro-inspired locale.

The full list of sanitary violations, with the first three labeled as “critical”:

1) Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations.
2) Evidence of rats or live rats present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
3) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
4) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.

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They went out to run an authentic dive burger joint and got it, with lousy food and scurrying rodents. I wonder if they charged exorbitant prices for their fare.


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