Snack Dragon on Orchard Shuttered by DOH

Posted on: September 16th, 2013 at 6:02 am by
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Snack Dragon Taco Shack, the low-key Mexican joint at 164 Orchard Street, recently met the might of the Department of Health. The city agency paid the restaurant a visit on Friday, and shut ’em down. But the problems aren’t only with the sanitary nature of the kitchen and dining room, which collectively scored 62 violation points.

A second sticker notice (orange) placed directly beside the DOH edict (yellow) reveals some issues with workers compensation insurance (which is mandatory in New York). Or possible lack thereof. That would certainly explain the placement of a “workers compensation application” from Acord, which is a nonprofit standards developer in the US insurance industry. In New York State, the liability for claims incurred by an uninsured employer are as follows:

Section 26-a says an employer is liable for a penalty of $2,000 per 10-day period of noncompliance, plus the actual award (including both compensation and medical costs), plus any other penalties the Board assesses for noncompliance. In cases involving severely injured employees, the medical costs alone could be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars per injury.

Uh oh.

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Snack Dragon is a local chain with three locations between the Lower East Side and Brooklyn. The Orchard Street spot just celebrated three years on the block.

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