Inspection 11/1/18, Not Graded Yet. F Expected

DOH Shuts Down Bubble Cool - Five Critical Violations

Updated 27 weeks ago David Stone
A line of eager customers lined up for Bubble Cool's soft opening in September, 2016, during Fall for Arts.
A line of eager customers lined up for Bubble Cool's soft opening in September, 2016, during Fall for Arts.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Bubble Cool, the specialty restaurant at 599 Main Street, was ordered closed by the New York City Department of Health after a November 1st inspection scored a failing grade with 5 critical violations, plus 3 others.

Restaurant grade inspections became law during the Bloomberg administration. The intention is to inform the public, in a simple and transparent way, about how food serving businesses fare during routine Department of Health reviews.

Owners get A, B or C. Current results must be posted prominently. C means violation points exceed 28.

On November 1st, inspectors found enough violations, totaling 39 points, that Bubble Cool was ordered closed. All other Roosevelt Island operations have been inspected this year and sport A ratings.

Here is what inspectors found at Bubble Cool. The first five, in bold, are "Critical."

1) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
2) Hand washing facility not provided in or near food preparation area and toilet room. Hot and cold running water at adequate pressure to enable cleanliness of employees not provided at facility. Soap and an acceptable hand-drying device not provided.
3) Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
4) Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.
5) Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.
6) 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.
7) Non-food contact surface improperly constructed. Unacceptable material used. Non-food contact surface or equipment improperly maintained and/or not properly sealed, raised, spaced or movable to allow accessibility for cleaning on all sides, above and underneath the unit.
8) Proper sanitization not provided for utensil ware washing operation.

Bubble Cool can correct any violations and receive a follow up review before reopening.

The Daily thanks Paul Kim for the heads up.

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