The management of Le Petit Marche claims that it was shutdown by the NYC Department of Health not over violations but rather issues related to a “clerical error” and bureaucratic “red tape”. A notice has been posted at the eatery by the owners stating:
Thank You Dear Valued Customers
We are sincerely sorry for the inconvenience. Due to a clerical error we were unable to get the proper permits from the New York City Department of Health forcing us to temporarily close our doors. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we deal with the red tape and bureaucracy of our great city while the permits are being issued.
Yesterday, the DOH told BHB that the establishment was on its third strike of unresolved violations adding that “in order to reopen, the operator of Le Petit Marche must correct all conditions that led to violations, submit an affidavit of correction to the Health Department and schedule a re-opening inspection.”
We know that many restaurateurs and food service professionals read BHB – what’s your take on this latest development? Is it possible that LPM’s claim of being caught up in a government muck up is plausible?