That Explains It

Closed by Order of the Department of Health

It has been noted elsewhere that Kellogg’s Diner has closed for renovations. Turns out, the closing might not be so voluntary. It seems the Department of Health happened to stop by and – surprise, surprise – found a few things amiss. So as the sticker here indicates, Kellogg’s was shut down on 9 April with 77 violation points. It probably had something to do with the fact that no surface in that place was fit to be in contact with food.

I’m often skeptical of DOH inspections (Brick Oven Gallery) but in this case, its long overdue. And I’m not alone there – witness the comments here and here. And from the “commenters” on the sticker in Kellog’s window – which say “Finally!” and “Good Riddance”.

UPDATE: In the comments, Mr. Fact points out that Kelloggs had applied for permits to do work six to nine months ago. True enough (I missed that on DOB because the permits are under a few different BINs). Still, the final permits were not pulled until after the DOH inspection. And to date, no one has expressed the least bit of surprise that Kelloggs would be shut down by DOH.

2 responses to “That Explains It”

  1. Do you really think the day after the DOH inspection (4/9) they were able to get their permit filed and approved (4/10)?
    The job was filed many months ago. Most likely in preparation for the demolition the place was neglected and someone reported it to DOH.
    A minute or so on the BIS site would have cleared this up for you.
    I have absolutely no involvement with Kellogg’s, but seeing misinformation being spread bothers me.

  2. When you put it that way, its kind of funny, actually.
    It takes more than a minute or two, though – this building has at least three BINs. If you pull up 518 Metropolitan (the address listed in DOH), there is only one job, and it was filed on 4/11/2008. You have look next door, to 514 – 516 Metro, which has two separate BINs to find the filings you’re talking about. The permits for that job were first pulled in September ’07, but amended on 4/10/2008.
    So all of the work took place after the DOH inspection. Coincidence, probably, but its also possible that the job was approved but the permits not pulled until after DOH shut them down (note that the sidewalk bridge application was not filed until 4/11/2008, and the permit pulled that day).
    Regardless, the neglect at Kellogg’s is hardly recent.