Saigon Grill, the Vietnamese restaurant on 90th and Amsterdam, was shuttered by the health department and will be closed until Tuesday.
An inspector found all sorts of nasty critters creeping around during an inspection on Wednesday and closed the place down after a reinspection.
Saigon Grill has a complicated past: it was once located on 87th and Broadway, and initially got good reviews for the food and service. But the restaurant had to pay millions to workers who were not paid minimum wage (some delivery workers got less than $2 an hour) and were then fired for speaking up about it. New owners were also accused of labor violations in 2011. Some people complain that the prices are now higher. Of course, if the old owners were paying people $2 an hour, it makes sense that they were able to keep prices low.
Here are the details of the health violations, via the health department:
1) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F.
2) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
3) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
4) Live roaches present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
5) Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewage-associated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies.
6) Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.
7) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.