Read Prosperity Dumpling’s Full DOH Closure Report

Posted on: August 31st, 2015 at 5:10 am by
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The aerial image of a tenement alleyway behind 46 Eldridge Street was the proverbial shot heard round the internet last week. In an instant, Prosperity Dumpling, whose back-alley kitchen was exposed, went from critical darling to up-shit’s-creek. The dumpling counter shuttered on Thursday, a day after a city inspection.

The Department of Health pounced immediately. Rather uncharacteristically, we might add. The photo was apparently a catalyst for closure. Reason for the hammer, however, was not the open-air kitchen, but the purported roach infestation on premise.

The full, nine-point report card from the DOH did not appear online until this weekend. It’s not pretty; take a look below – 65 violation points.

  1. Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
  2. Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan.
  3. Live roaches present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
  4. Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewage-associated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies.
  5. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
  6. Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
  7. Plumbing not properly installed or maintained; anti-siphonage or backflow prevention device not provided where required; equipment or floor not properly drained; sewage disposal system in disrepair or not functioning properly.
  8. Non-food contact surface improperly constructed. Unacceptable material used. Non-food contact surface or equipment improperly maintained and/or not properly sealed, raised, spaced or movable to allow accessibility for cleaning on all sides, above and underneath the unit.
  9. Single service item reused, improperly stored, dispensed; not used when required.

While Prosperity Dumpling will probably reopen in short order (as most restaurants seems to do), it might be difficult for business to bounce back to normal. The one-two punch of media coverage and the stigma of a terrible infestation is certainly a difficult hurdle to clear.

Meanwhile, the sister shop at 69 Clinton Street is still open.

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Photo: Gothamist

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