Le Petit Marche – DOH’d


Photos by Karl Junkersfeld

A BHB tipster writes in:

Nothing yet on the yellow Health Department signs adorning Le Petit Marche?

Matthew Parker comments:

Earlier this morning I walked by Le Petite Marche on Henry St. There are two Board of Health signs on the front windows ordering the restaurant closed.

I saw workers inside cleaning up.

NYC  Department of Health public records show that the restaurant racked up 23 violation points on November 11.  While high, that is still technically a “pass” for inspection.   Violations mentioned in the inspector’s report:

Violations were cited in the following area(s) and those requiring immediate action were addressed.
1.) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to vermin infestation exist.
2.) Personal hygiene inadequate. Clean outer garments, effective hair restraint not worn.
3.) Evidence of, or live mice in facility’s food and/ or non-food areas.
4.) Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations.


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  • Billy Reno

    Can’t be any worse than Junior’s.

  • tb

    Let’s not kid ourselves… every single restaurant on that part of Henry has vermin problems.

  • ML

    I once went to the searchable website the city keeps for its inspections and checked restaurants in the neighborhood. If you never want to eat take out or in a restaurant again, it’s the thing to do. … My question, assuming every restaurant along that stretch has vermin problem, why does one get closed down and the other either get reports that mention problems, but get to stay open, or even get clean reports? Is it like everything else — slip the inspector an envelope and it’s business as usual?

  • tb

    At one point, about 3 years ago, we had a chart of places we wouldn’t eat at in the Heights because we had seen roaches in the dining area. I won’t name names, but 4 were in that stretch on Henry. Vermin are just in the area, as they are in, dare I say, many of older NYC buildings and especially ones that hold restaurants. It’s all in how the problem is handled I guess..
    Btw, today I stopped at Hans for some coffee. The cup had the faint smell of roach poison. sigh.

  • neighborhood supporter

    Hope this doesn’t hit them too hard – good restaurant, great food and servcie. I’ve never had any health issues after eating there – and I certainly plan to go back once they open their doors.

  • tb

    ML–It does seem odd however another food establishment (not on Henry) had almost 2x the violation points and was not shut down. There could be something to your envelope theory.

  • The Where

    It’s more like they fixed the issues in a timely manner. LPM has been in distress for some time, it was once for sale on Craigslist

  • nabeguy

    Well, this certainly wont help the sales pitch.

  • AEB

    Used to work in a cheese store, part of a chain; one lesson in re DOH inspections was that a great deal had to do with the stringency/mood of the inspector. No one was on the take, to the best of my knowledge–just that some inspectors took their job more seriously than others.

    A particular violation–the discovery of mouse droppings, say–could get a casual rebuke one day from one guy and an “official warning” another.

    Certainly there are other restaurants in BH that have/had as many violations as LPM–and look it more than it did.

  • north heights res

    Got violently ill after I last ate there…may be coincidence, but I’ve been hesitant to return and this seals the deal…though I logically know that they are probably no worse than any others, no logic when it comes to regurgitated escargots!

  • nancy

    Nothing will beat the mouse we saw running around the dining room at La Traviata about 3 months ago.

  • Jazz

    That’s no mouse, that’s the chef.

  • Cranky

    I never had a problem after eating there – ever. They’re always so gracious and the food was good.

  • Cranky

    I hadn’t heard that LPM was in trouble. Craigslist seems like a weird place to sell a restaurant.

  • lifer

    Bars are listed for sale on craigslist all the time,

  • lifer
  • Teddy

    Yep, old buildings and restaurants don’t make a good combination. Cracks & holes allow other Brooklyn “natives” to check out the cuisine.

  • davidbanner

    its a shame.
    another one of this city’s victims.
    the place is a gem and now they did nothing but bring down a great restaurant. these inspectors are idiots and they don’t know shit about how things really are

  • Mark


    “the place is a gem and now they did nothing but bring down a great restaurant.”

    I hope you’re joking.

  • brooklyns finest

    no mark
    you are the joke