Two Bit’s Arcade on Essex Street Shuttered by Health Department Last Week
Is it game over for Two Bit’s Retro Arcade?
The Essex Street arcade has been noticeably silent all weekend in the aftermath of a city inspection. Department of Health inspectors paid a visit last Thursday and shut the place down, apparently for “operating without a permit.” (It’s the second such closure in Hell Square in as many months behind Rosario’s.) Token stickers are pasted on the front door, along with a letter from ownership promising a return.
According to city records, the Health inspection resulted in 49 violation points for live vermin, filth flies, and un-santitized “food contact surfaces.”
If the notice is to be believed, Two Bit’s is working to correct the issues with “renovations and upgrades to our health and liquor licenses.” It’s unclear what the latter means, though.
The Barcade lookalike first opened in December 2012. Two years later, it lost two lives, so to speak, when it twice closed for “renovation” work. It’s also worth noting that, since opening, ownership also applied for a liquor license upgrade on several occasions – most recently in September 2016 – but ultimately met opposition from Hell Square locals and denial by Community Board 3.