First the Dunkin’ Donuts rat and now it’s Dominique Ansel’s very popular cronut bakery. The popular spot that once saw New Yorkers waiting in line for hours for cronuts is being shut down after a YouTuber posted a video of a mouse crawling across the floor.
After the video went viral the Department of Health decided to show up to shut the business down for a couple of days. No word on what people plan to do about the lack of cronuts in the mean time. While other imitations have popped up, the pastry was originally started by Dominique Ansel Bakery.
According to a representative, the cronut bakery will need to exterminate and re-cement the bakery’s basement in order to take extra measure and precaution. The bakery will also have to go through re-inspection. According to the rep the ideal goal is to open its doors mid-day Monday, but that’s all up to the Department of Health.
The Department of Health will be sending an inspector to Dominique Ansel Bakery to make sure that the bakery dots all of its i’s and crosses their ts.
This just means that lovers of the original cronut will have to mourn the loss for a few days, or there’s always the more expensive option. A while back because of how rare the cronut was as a pastry, a black market of cronuts formed where people were paying $100 each for their fill of the pastry treat. The original price for the cronut was at $5.
As obtained by Grub Street, a Department of Health review from the past shows that this isn’t the first time the bakery has had problems with mice. The bakery got written up for sanitary violations which included “Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.” And “Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.”
Despite the 11 sanitary violation points Dominique Ansel Bakery, located on Spring Street, still passed their 2013 inspection with an A.
“We know people expect a lot of us. We wish if a customer found something they would have just talked to us — we would have taken care of it immediately.”
This news comes at the same time we reported on the Dunkin’ rat incident in a New York City Dunkin’ Donuts location. Hopefully both establishments clear up their problems.
Check out the video of the mouse that started it all below:
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