The Department of Health has been busy handing out demerits lately, playing cleaning lady at McSorley’s and lavishing special attention on Fatty ‘Cue.
The city’s health inspectors, so unbending in their belief that cleanliness is next to godliness, did not take kindly to the decades of dust encasing the wishbone-bedecked gas lamp at McSorley’s, or its resident cat, Minnie. The New York Times reports that the bar’s proprietor was forced to clean the lamp for the first time in, well, ever. Touchingly, and a little creepily, he collected the dust in a container and took it home; fortunately, the wishbones, originally left by servicemen wishing for safe return from World War I, were allowed to stay. Minnie, on the other hand, was not, and, ahem, emailed EV Grieve to say she’s “not allowed into the bar during drinking hours … officially.”
But at least McSorley’s is still open; following an April 4 visitation from inspectors, Fatty ‘Cue is not. Zak Pelaccio’s Asian barbecue restaurant earned a meaty 115 points from the DOH, who objected to, among other things, evidence of live mice and rats, food from unapproved or unknown sources, workers handling food with their bare hands, and inadequate hand-washing facilities. But at least the DOH didn’t seem to have any problems with their chandelier.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 7, 2011