Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club In NYC Shut Down Again

Jay-Zâs 40/40 Club In NYC Shut Down Again

Grand re-opening, grand closing? Just a day after the grandiose celebration of Hov relaunching his famed sports bar, he’s met with another set back. According to the NYPOST, the Health Inspector has bestowed a C grade for the newly revamped restaurant after seeing a slew of violations. Grievances cited allege that mass amounts of food were not properly stored or not in the right temperature, and as result was given 69 points worth of infractions. The club was allowed to continue for the night but is now shuttered again. they been issued a hearing date scheduled for next month to be reinstated. Read below.

Snark: Maybe Hov should stick to heating bottles on the stove?

An inspector found perishable food at dangerously warm temperatures inside the walk-in refrigerator and discovered “hot” food left out on the counter on Thursday, Health Department sources said. A worker was also seen mixing salsa with his bare hands. The refrigerator was at a rancid 60 degrees instead of 41 — jeopardizing the safety of 50 pounds of raw chicken wings, five pounds of raw shrimp and 100 turkey burgers, the sources said

Five pounds of cooked mashed potatoes, meanwhile, were left out at a temperature of 89 degrees, while 10 pounds of cooked rice and 50 turkey burgers were kept at 67 degrees.

All the hot foods should be at least 140 degrees, the sources said.

The club’s restaurant was immediately closed, and new patrons were barred from entering. Those already inside were allowed to remain.

“If you have a walk-in place with food like this, you put a hell of a lot of people at risk,” said the source. “A night of dinner and dancing should not include the risk of contracting food-borne illness.”

The nightspot corrected the problem and was cleared for business last night.

A night earlier, the hip-hop mogul held an A-list party to reopen the hotspot, which was closed for 10 months for a $10 million makeover. Famous guests included Russell Simmons, Spike Lee, Lance Bass and Warren Buffett.

Ron Berkowitz, a spokesman for the club, insisted there “was no interruption in service or sales.”

However, problems could be looming for 40/40. The inspector gave the club 69 violation points, far in excess of the 28 needed for a worst-possible “C” grade, and they’ll be adjudicated at a hearing next month.

During its last inspection, in March, before the facelift, the club racked up 39 violation points for problems including improperly handled food and unsanitary conditions.

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