Rocco's Shuttered by the DOH, Tourists Pissed
La dolce vita? Not here!
Rocco's, every tourist's favorite Bleecker Street pasticceria, was shuttered by the Health Department a couple weeks ago, "due to an expired permit." They promised that they'd reopen shortly. Well, the shop remains closed, and people are p-i-s-s-e-d.
The graffiti on the official notice reveals many loving sentiments toward the store, including these highlights:
-- "I'll take a dirty Rocco's over a spanking clean Starbucks any day" (followed by "Me too!" and "Me three!") -- "I hate this Gestapo bullshit" -- "You ruin everything" -- "I love rats, rodents -- Many iterations of "I love Rocco's" -- And an opposing view, "Wash your hands, assholes"
Controversy! Rocco's isn't the best Italian pastry store in town, but they do make lovely hazelnut and lemon ices, and since summer -- and, thus, primo frozen dessert season -- is approaching, let's hope the shop resolves its issues and gets back on track soon.
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