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The Bao Shoppe temporarily closed by Health Department


May 23, 2016 Staff Report

The Bao Shoppe, an Asian eatery located on Steinway Street, has been temporarily closed by the Health Department.

The restaurant, which opened last year at 30-66 Steinway Street, was closed due to evidence of mice and the food not being protected from contamination during storage, according to Health Department records.

The eatery is best known for its bao, buns filled with items such pork, fried chicken or tofu.

The operators placed a sign in the window stating that their hot water boiler broke and flooded the basement. The restaurant closed due to a lack of running hot water.

The following is what the Health Department has listed.

Violations recorded in the following area (s), a Notice of Violation issued and establishment ordered closed by the Department of Health at the initial operational cycle inspection conducted on 05/19/2016.

“Critical” violations are displayed in red.

Violation points: 46

Sanitary Violations
1) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
2) Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
3) Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored.
4) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
5) Pesticide use not in accordance with label or applicable laws. Prohibited chemical used/stored. Open bait station used.

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I think the store has resolved its issues and reopened. My nephew ate there last weekend.


The picture they used in this article had an A rating at the front door. I wonder what happened here. We all know how difficult and scandalous some city employees can be.


I love this place! I am sure they will straighten up all violations. Stay strong people, good food is coming back!


On yelp, they have a solid rating of 4 out 5 with 219 reviews and 367 photos from happy patrons. I am sure it had something to do with the boiler and flood. I wish them the best and look forward to their opening. They are terribly missed by very happy customers.


Wow very disappointing! And not to mention inactually stopped going there because of credit card fraud they did on my card. Cash or card Never again there for sure now.

Guy 47

“Interesting” that the list of violations doesn’t include anything about hot water though that is the reason given by the owners….


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