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Dirty Old Dojo: We Never Even Said Good-bye!


Like a quiet old lady no one wanted to look at, St. Marks Place’s Dojo passed away in the night, weeks ago in fact. And we didn’t even notice.

You may be aware that the Voice’s office is just a couple of blocks away, but forgetting that Dojo exists is an important step in becoming an adult.

Unsurprisingly to anyone who was ever forced to dine there — undoubtedly with some cheap-ass vegetarian from out of town — Dojo was closed by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene due to failing three out of its four last inspections. You can read the gory details, but we’ll just share our favorite part of the final inspection:

6.) Evidence of rats or live rats present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.

The restaurant scored a 61 that time. Passing is 28.

According to Washington Square News, an NYU paper, the rats were found during a re-inspection. The previous failed inspection had only turned up mice. This article also runs down a few other student-frequented spots whose GPAs aren’t looking too good. Not that you needed help deciding whether to make it a BBQ night.

Oh, and the best part is the interview with an exterminator, which yields this fun fact:

“Mice urinate every 15 seconds. They urinate literally thousands of times a day.”

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