You know, I almost always like when an American restaurant uses chez ( at the house of ) as part of its name. Chez Lola on Myrtle Avenue is no exception. I especially like the colors and design of the facade of the restaurant too. However, what I don’t like is what they were gigged for during its last inspection by the city.
If you haven’t heard already, the city found a couple of critical sanitary violations upon inspecting Chez Lola:
1. Cold food held above 41 degrees F. ( smoked fish above 38 degrees F. ) except during necessary preparation.
2. Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
3. Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored.
Another couple of violations that the city didn’t consider “Critical,” but are bothersome to me and perhaps you too:
1. Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to vermin exist.
2. Plumbing not properly installed or maintained; sewage disposal system in disrepair or not functioning properly.
The plumbing violation has more to it, but I didn’t include it. The final violations score was 35 for Chez Lola, which is a high “C” on the city’s new but controversial letter-grade scale.
I don’t know about you but even though “Chez” is in the name, I’m not inclined to eat at Chez Lola-at least until I know they’ve gotten rid of the rodent problem, and done so without getting pesticide all over the place too.
New York City Department of Health, Restaurant Inspection Information, http://a816-restaurantinspection.nyc.gov/RestaurantInspection/SearchBrowse.do