What’s Up at Heights Cafe?


BHB newshound Randi sent in this photo of a “we’re closed” notice posted at the Heights Cafe on Wednesday afternoon.  Reports are that the restaurant has reopened.

The restaurant’s most recent DOH inspection slapped the eatery with a whopping 43 violation points — far beyond the 28 points or less it takes to keep from getting shut down.  This follows an April inspection which racked up 54 violation reports for the cafe.

Earlier, BHB reader Rusty sent in this photo and comment:

Photo_052307_001.jpgSee that yellow sign on the window? It’s a “Closed By Commissioner of Health” notice dated today 5/23/2007. There’s another one on the front door. And see those people inside sitting at tables? Yes, they’re in there munching fries and other standard issue faire at the serially mediocre Heights Cafe on Montague. Seriously, at the bar and dining tables, it seems to be business as usual in there, despite the conspicuously posted health notices. Frankly, I am not sure I would eat at Heights if the Health Commissioner himself invited me for dinner, but out of curiosity, what do these people know that I don’t?  Anyone?

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  • Arthur_G

    i sure hope another sushi or asian fusion place opens up on smith.

    that being said, there’s a lot of flight out of the Heights and (vomit) BoCoCa to Lower Manhattan. I think that after the 30 somethings fled the dotcom rents to Kings County, landlords saw the potential for raising rents when the leases came up. But lo and behold, the 20-somethings are 30-something, with kids, buying homes and condos and why would anyone want to pay $1800 for a one-bedroom in Cobble (yawn) hill when the same will get you in a studio on the UES (yawn) or the East Village, where there are trains and places to eat after 10 p.m.

    just my zwei pfennig

  • Arthur_G

    i meant the 20-somethings fleeing….

  • Danno

    Be very afraid of that new Sovereign Bank. The bank has already announced that it’s either sold the parking lot west of the old Independence building to developers or will develop it itself. With a branch across the street, I bet the big old building is all but finished as a bank — and maybe as anything else.

    And in a probably vain attempt to bring the thread back to its nominal subject, Heights Cafe was indeed open for dinner last night — a day after it was closed. The food was not noticeably different, but service was even slooooooower than usual. Probably some reconfiguration of the kitchen.

  • Billy Reno

    There’s an Urban Outfitters coming in? Oh goody! I can continue dressing like Ashton Kutcher into my 50s! And don’t worry Teddy, I’m all about Key Food on Atlantic for my staples and my fix of rude cashiers right out of juvie.

  • jtg

    The Sovereign opening in the Court House at Atlantic and Court is just a replacement for the one across the street. Walentes will be developing the old South Brooklyn Savings Bank building into condo/retail. The court house space is nowhere near big enough for a TJs, but the bank space is. Development it is a good thing Danno, not sure what you’re afraid of.

  • http://bk11201.com EJ

    It is my understanding that the bank itself will be completely retail, with condos being built from scratch in the parking lot.

  • Teddy

    Well, now that I think about it, a TJ may not be that bad. I’m tired of Key Food.

  • S

    Billyreno… First of all I have never had a problem with any of the cashiers from the Key Foods on Alantic Ave. Secondly why do assume that the cashiers are right out of Juvie? Sounds like a racial bias. Maybe if you saw these people as individuals rather than some kind of backward stereotype you’d get treated a little better. Also, have some sympathy. Those cashiers work long hours and I’m sure the pay is not fantastic – give them a break.

  • http://www.readytoorderguide.com Ready To Order? Guide

    This is the report that you can actually find at this link:

    I’m not defending every single restaurant in the neighborhood but I really don’t like to see bad reviews when they come from people that don’t go deep and see why that happened.
    If they reopened the restaurant and they fixed the problem, considering that they had only 12 points at the end of the process, I think we all need to think about reconsidering the all 38 messages above and keep supporting the few restaurants that can afford, thanks to you, to be there instead of having only big fast food chain like it is actually happenig right now.


    Current violation points: 12

    Inspection Date: 05/24/2007

    Violations were cited in the following area(s) and those requiring immediate action were addressed.

    1.) Non-food contact surface improperly constructed. Unacceptable material used. Non-food contact surface or equipment improperly maintained.
    2.) Cooked or prepared food is cross-contaminated.