Foundation on Essex Shuttered by Department of Health

Posted on: August 25th, 2011 at 6:09 am by

Closed again.  The year-old Foundation at 137 Essex Street is having a rough summer here on the Lower East Side.  First, the NYPD raided the bridge-and-tunnel magnet back in June as part of the recent crackdown on nightlife within the Seventh Precinct.  Cause for the closure was reportedly threefold – illegal sale of beverages, underage drinking, and endangerment due to overcrowded conditions.  Now, it’s a run-in with the Department of Health.

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Indeed, last Friday, Foundation was DOH’d after failing its inspection with a 28-point tally.  According to city records, the nightclub was cited for the following sanitary violations:

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  • Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan.
  • Appropriately scaled metal stem-type thermometer or thermocouple not provided or used to evaluate temperatures of potentially hazardous foods during cooking, cooling, reheating and holding.
  • Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.
  • Food contact surface not properly maintained.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Proper sanitization not provided for utensil ware washing operation.

Since Foundation is not known primarily for its menu options, the plumbing issue is the biggest concern. Imagine if a Goonies-esque scenario arose from this problem! (Alas, no embedding)

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