El Viejo Yayo, the sprawling, 42 year-old Latin restaurant on Fifth Avenue between Bergen and Dean Streets, was shuttered by the Department of Health on Saturday, after failing an inspection in which they racked up 84 points.
The restaurant, which started as a simple lunch counter but expanded over the years to encompass three storefronts (and a second location on Ninth Street), is a local favorite for parties and other large gatherings, and its bar area is known to get pretty hopping. Below are all the major violations; something tells me that they'll rebound from this pretty quickly.
1) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F.
2) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
3) Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan.
4) Live roaches present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
5) Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
6) Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.
7) Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.