Dec. 15, 2017 By Nathaly Pesantez
Greenpoint’s long-standing Chinese Musician Restaurant has been temporarily shut down by the Department of Health after an inspection revealed several sanitary violations at the locale.
The restaurant, located at 151 Greenpoint Ave., closed after a Dec. 13 inspection found six sanitary violations, four of which were classified as “critical”.
The critical violations listed include evidence of rats present in the facility, food not protected from potential sources of contamination, and cold food items held over a safe temperature.
Other violations include not having a vermin proof facility and non-food contact surfaces being improperly constructed.
A total of 51 violation points were recorded for the restaurant.
The Shechuan-style restaurant has been open since 1982, with a menu that includes soups, dim sum, meat platters, rice, noodles, and staples like General Tso’s chicken and beef with broccoli.
The full list of sanitary violations, with the first four deemed critical, are:
1) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
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) Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
5) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
6) Non-food contact surface improperly constructed. Unacceptable material used. Non-food contact surface or equipment improperly maintained and/or not properly sealed, raised, spaced or movable to allow accessibility for cleaning on all sides, above and underneath the unit.