Health Violations Close Renowned East Side Restaurant
By: NY1 News
NY1: Health Violations Close Renowned East Side Restaurant
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Serendipity 3, a famous city restaurant popular with kids and tourists, has been shut down by the city Department of Health after a second failed health inspection Wednesday night.
An inspection Wednesday night found the restaurant crawling with cockroaches, mice and flies. Inspectors spotted a live mouse and mouse droppings in many areas of the restaurant, which is usually better known for its lavish desserts, like frozen hot chocolate.
Many customers said they were shocked to find the restaurant doors locked.
"We are very sad,” said one customer. “We made reservations weeks in advance, and we've tried to get here many, many times, and it's always very crowded and so we are obviously quite disappointed."
“I am in shock,” said another. “You know a friend of mine from Washington, D.C. asked me to come by to Serendipity especially to pick some coffee up. So I get here, it's chain and everything and they found a hundred roaches in there."
Just last week the restaurant made headlines when it unveiled a dessert that was billed as the most expensive in the world.
The DOH says Wednesday night was the second failed inspection in a month for the restaurant, which is located on 60th Street, between Second and Third Avenues.
A person answering the phone at the eatery said the restaurant is working to correct a problem in the kitchen and would remain closed until at least next week.