BentOn Japanese Lunch Caterer DOH’d

Posted on: March 25th, 2013 at 6:09 am by
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The Department of Health sure came down hard on the Lower East Side earlier this month, shuttering businesses from the Bowery to Pitt. Some quickly reopened (The General, Bar 151) while others suffered more absolute end (Recoup Lounge). Last week, though, the hammer fell on BentOn at 27 Ludlow Street.

Inspectors cited BentOn for numerous violations on two consecutive visits, including insufficient refrigeration and/or hot holding equipment to “keep potentially hazardous foods at required temperatures.” The 92 violation points recorded on March 18 resulted in another inspection and shutter the next day. They haven’t reopened yet.

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This joint is a hidden gem for many, masked behind an awning that bears its former identity, Fuji Catering. For twenty years, the company has catered bento (boxed lunch) to predominantly Japanese clientele throughout the Tri-state area. Mostly workers in Japanese-owned businesses. Orders are taken over phone or via email and delivered to locations in Manhattan, Queens, and New Jersey. BentOn was previously located at Bowery and Grand, and moved here around 2006.

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