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Ess & Bentch Closure by Health Department is “Deceiving”

The Ess & Bentch eatery in Crown Heights was closed by the New York City Health Department for not having a working bathroom on-premises for employees. The owner worries the notice is "deceiving." Full Story

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It looks like they applied for a permit
May 24, 2022 12:42 am

To fix the bathroom, and it was denied. So what do they want from them?

Overstepping
May 24, 2022 12:50 am

So you close a business because they don’t have a bathroom on premises? How is that justified? I really don’t understand it. They’re causing the business to lose hundreds, if not thousands of dollars because the employees need to go upstairs to use the restroom, how does that make any sense? It’s completely disproportionate and makes no sense. Just another example of government overreach.

770 Bochur
May 24, 2022 1:01 am

אוֹי מֶה הָיָה לָנוּ

Had to Know
May 24, 2022 6:49 am

Thanks for the explanation.

The owner had to know they’re at risk for getting written up. This should have been top priority.

Kind of like driving around with expired license plates and then complaining when the cop pulls you over.

It’s your responsibility to follow the laws.

resident
May 24, 2022 9:21 am

Nadav do not worry ! This restaurant is one of the only places in crown heights that is relatively affordable and a family can order in if the mother is not up to cooking.Unfortunately there is not too many places like that in Crown Heights.

Maybe?
May 24, 2022 9:35 am

Include (meanwhile) in the lease one of the bathrooms upstairs until it gets fixed?
Will this work?

Terrible
May 24, 2022 10:07 am

I feel so bad for him
Seems to me someone mossered on him

Berel
Reply to  Terrible
May 24, 2022 10:20 am

Mossered? Maybe the employees. Maybe the Kollel.

Seriously bush league not to have a working bathroom. Have you ever been an employee? Would you have tolerated it?

Very very disgusting
May 24, 2022 10:15 am

The problem is, once the government invade it’s a huge Chillul Hashem. If not the bathroom they’ll find something else, (which I’m sure they did) they have their eye out. & they purposely do it when it’s the highlight of the business. It’s nuts. Nobody is perfect. & the trouble is while they come in your stuck with a bunch of good customer’s & all they do is watch, & these inspectors don’t care AT ALL………very disgusting who our government are. They know how to embarrass good & proper. & be nice to you in front of your FACE!! but… Read more »

Berel
Reply to  Very very disgusting
May 24, 2022 10:19 am

I agree with you on most things but in general the Govt has been decent about these things. All restaurants are subject to this and the Govt has been decent. They like the tax revenue.

It’s a simple solution. Handle your business.

Totally different topic but same store
May 24, 2022 10:46 am

Sorry for this comment in the wrong time but didnt see any other op-ed since it was discussed. Ess and bentsch was planning to open also in boro park. what happened? Was so looking forward to it.

Of the people, by the people, FOR the people
May 24, 2022 11:45 pm

DOH rules are there for good reasons. The rules are strict for good reasons. The wash your hands sign for employees is mandatory for a reason. Not having a bathroom with a self closing door is important too so food and bio-dangers are kept separate. I get what the owner is saying, but this was already written up. He has no excuse for not fixing this. It’s a little embarrassing that this wasn’t made a priority when it was already a violation. Saying the government at large is this or that is silly. The government is who WE elect. If… Read more »

Restaurants
May 25, 2022 6:22 am

If people only knew (cough, sneeze, shvitz, scratch scratch) what goes on in some restaurants, they would likely never (cough, cough) eat food from (shvitz, shvitz) a restaurant (wipes hands on a dirty towel) again.

Here is a case where (sneeze, sneeze, cough, cough, shvitz, head-scratch) people had to leave the building to go use a restroom.

It’s not asking too much to get that (oy gotta go!) fixed.

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