Georgia’s Eastside BBQ Reopens After DOH Closure
One week after the city-mandated sidelining, Georgia’s Eastside BBQ has reopened on Orchard Street. Closure was at the hands of the Department of Health, which issued its edict when an inspection of the ten-year-old restaurant last Monday resulted in several violations (totaling 64 points).
They reopened yesterday afternoon after handily passing the DOH re-inspection.
Georgia’s owner Alan Natkiel, meanwhile, alleges shadiness with regard to the crackdown. “In ten-and-a-half years, I have never failed an inspection nor received negative press of any kind,” he tells us. “But as it stands, the damage to my reputation is done.”
Natkiel elaborated with further accusation of a “shakedown”:
We have a record of ten straight years of excellent food safety reports from the city and this closure stinks of a shakedown. The entire thing is strange because the inspector refused to calibrate her thermometer in front of my chef when I requested it over the phone even though it was reading a figure much higher than the two of mine in the cooler.
I’ve been offered to settle the violations for $1,600-and-change but, even though that is a big financial discount, I can’t accept the actual violations as being legit and am planning on fighting this in court. I can’t allow our brand name to suffer this way.
As for the infractions based on vermin, Natkiel previously quipped that “physical damage sustained to the building [due to neighboring construction]” is cause.
Georgia’s first opened at 192 Orchard Street (between Stanton and Houston) back in summer 2007, and is a popular local spot.