January 6, By Hannah Wulkan
A small Afghan restaurant in Astoria was shut down this week for health code violations.
Aria Kabab, at 25-58 Steinway Street, was shut down on Wednesday for racking up 73 points in health code violations.
The restaurant was shut down for several critical violations, including the supervisor not having a Food Protection Certificate, evidence of live mice on the premises, and lack of a bathroom for employees or customers.
The eatery was also cited for several non-critical violations, including lack of vermin proofing in the facility, and improperly installed plumbing that did not drain properly.
The Health Department scores inspections and gives out letter grades to restaurants based on a points system. Any restaurant that receives between zero and 13 points receives an A grade, any receiving between 14 and 27 points gets a B grade, and any with 28 or more points gets a C grade. Each point value is assigned based on the size and scale of the violation.
If any violations are especially bad, the restaurant is shut down until it gets its score back under 28 violation points, at which point it can be inspected again and reopen.