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Salt & Bone Temporarily Closed by Health Dept.

Salt & Bone (Photo: QueensPost)

Aug. 1, 2018 By Christian Murray

Salt & Bone Smokehouse, a barbeque joint located at 32-07 30th Ave., has been temporarily closed by the Health Department.

The restaurant, which serves up meats and vegetables cooked in a smoker, was ordered closed Monday after racking up 38 violation points.

Salt & Bone opened about a year ago and is backed by the Bareburger team.

The restaurant was closed after an inspector found evidence of mice; the presence of filth flies; food surfaces not properly washed; and the facility not being vermin proof.

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Jim Beam

I heard Bobby, the manager, went into the hospital several days before the closure. Hope he’s well and gets back to get the restaurant back on its feet. Food is really good and the beer menu is great!

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Lyn

Athens was a good cafe/people watching spot at one time. Good place for a frappe or glass of wine on a Friday afternoon. There’s enough other flesh-burning restaurants around to clog your arteries; we didn’t need another of those (and with rodents apparently).

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Rosa

Personally, i could not stand all the second hand smoke and the many men sitting outside harassing woman as they walked by. It made me feel so uncomfortable.

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Concerned

Athen’s survived before the current “letter grade” system causing so many closings. Yes it’s been around for years. I guarantee you they would have closed on their first inspection under the current rules.

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Yassou baby!

Karma’s a Greek bitch, ain’t it, Salt & Bone owners? The Athens Cafe was in that spot for an eternity with no problems. First you buy the property, kick them out and open Burnside Biscuits, which is awful and doesn’t last a year. Then you replace that with Salt & Bone, which gets lousy reviews. Then the MTA closes the 30th Ave. station for 8 months, cutting business down. And now when the station is re-opened, the Board of Health closes YOU down. Ha ha!

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Schadenfreude – the experience of pleasure, joy, or self-satisfaction that comes from learning of or witnessing the troubles, failures, or humiliation of another.

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OJ simpson

you guys don’t know anything. Carts have fresh food every day. They don’t have a freezer with meat aging for months and they don’t have mice running around. You can see everything they do in carts, it’s transparent. What do you think the 17 year olds do to your food in the back of Bareburger?

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Jay

Hey genius where do you think the carts prepare and store their food before it gets to the street? They obviously use cutting boards & refrigerators in places like homes, basements & garages which are not inspected by the health department. Restaurants know they have to go through very strict inspections and some still fail. Can you imagine how dirty the food prep/storage places the street carts use knowing they will never inspected.

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bart

I am more disgusted by those small food carts around here (mostly that sell souvlaki) than the food trucks. I seen them store/remove meat on a stick and bread from a cooler in the Trunk of a car. And those smaller ones work alone and who knows where they go to use the bathroom and what happens when there cart is unattended.

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Jenastoriat

Most carts are stored in garages overnight that are certainly not rodent proof. I never eat from carts for that reason. Never. One thing the health dept seems to not deal with either is the pollution caused by food trucks that operate grills. Walking past them tends to trigger my asthma, and all that smoke goes somewhere. It’s not healthy for locals, even if you don’t patronize them.

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???

Very good point! Restaurants have to spend a ton of money for their kitchens to be vented with exhaust ducts running up to the roof. How are food carts & trucks exempt from at least having a high power fan located on top, blowing smoke upwards and away from people’s faces?

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charles a castro

OJ just curious, where do they go to the bathroom in the carts, and the hands , I never see them washing their hands

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J

Health Grades help keep the public safe. The consumer has a right to know that the cart or truck they’re eating from is safe and obeying the law.

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L

When will the Health Department go after the food carts & trucks??? How are they still exempt from the Health Grades that we see on restaurants that keep us safe???
This place got shut down cause the facility was not Vermin proof, presence of rodents/flies & surface not properly washed but the street food vendors do not have a vermin proof environment, are constantly exposed to rodents/flies & we don’t know where the food was originally prepped never mind if it was in a sanitary condition.
How is this possible???

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deb

They do not go after the Food trucks because they are mainly around for the lower working class and poor! And few care about that class of people or what they eat!!

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Anonymous

Regardless of their income bracket, the consumer should have a right to know that the cart they’re eating from is safe and obeying the law.

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Selina Chavokos

What’s up owner of Salt and Bone? Guess karma from all of those Yelp comments you made came back to haunt ya eh? 😉

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Mark

Just suck it up that place got shut down cause of health reasons. Take care of number one and don’t step in number two. Don’t blame others cause that place was a health hazard fix it and get an A grade you fool.

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L

I am not making any excuses for this or any restaurant that fails a health inspection. However, it boggles my mind that food carts & trucks sell the same exact product but are somehow exempt from most of the health regulations and Health Grades that exist to keep us safe. ??‍♂️
On top of that, they only accept cash and never give receipts which means massive tax evasion.
How are they getting away with this?

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Anonymous

If the Health Dept went after the carts they would all be out of business! And if those filthy trucks (which I never eat from no matter how cheap they are) closed down maybe the restaurants would do better instead of just getting by and the owners would actually make some money too. After all they did throw in most if not all of their fortunes into those ventures. Then they have this bull from the Health Dept on top of that along with rising wages, taxes, and rent. I’m a firm believer in the free market system but this isn’t fair what the corrupt city of New York is doing to businesses. After all they’re the ones employing people, not the carts and trucks.

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chris

Yes, the health and safety of your patrons certainly should come second to your business booming, and people shouldn’t be able to purchase cheaper and more affordable food from carts if they so choose.

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Anonymous

You forgot to mention how the street carts can afford to sell their food at low prices and that’s because they only accept cash, don’t give receipts and don’t pay taxes!!!

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Tom

Hey Chris, I’m sure most most restaurants would also lower food prices if they only accepted cash with no receipts and didn’t have to pay the mandatory 8.875% NYC sales tax or any income taxes which is illegal. That alone is 20% to 30% of the food cost. Cmon guy!

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Taxes are too Damn High!

Taxes are killing me!!! I need to quit my job and become a street food vendor.

Anonymous

http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20180605/POLITICS/180609961/nyc-health-department-will-give-letter-ratings-to-street-food-vendor-carts

Health Grades are coming soon to all street food vendors including ice cream trucks. They’re also trying to include GPS on permits so they can better locate carts/trucks for inspections and crack down on vendors operating illegally without a permit. I won’t be surprised if the next step will be the city going after them for not giving receipts.

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