Jacob’s Pickles, the popular Southern-style restaurant on 84th street and Amsterdam Avenue, was closed temporarily after racking up several health violations this week; an inspector found evidence of rats and flies and found that food was stored at incorrect temperatures, according to the Health Department. In total, the restaurant scored 106 points of violations.
A Jacob’s Pickles rep emailed the following statement: “This was a routine inspection. Jacob’s Pickles has countered the issues and resumed business as usual.”
Our tipster says a note on the door blamed a plumbing problem for the closure. The restaurant had reopened as of Friday night.
The violations cited are listed below:
1) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
2) 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.
3) Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan.
4) Appropriately scaled metal stem-type thermometer or thermocouple not provided or used to evaluate temperatures of potentially hazardous foods during cooking, cooling, reheating and holding.
5) Evidence of rats or live rats present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
6) 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.
7) Insufficient or no refrigerated or hot holding equipment to keep potentially hazardous foods at required temperatures.
8) Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.
9) Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.
10) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
11) Plumbing not properly installed or maintained; anti-siphonage or backflow prevention device not provided where required; equipment or floor not properly drained; sewage disposal system in disrepair or not functioning properly.