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Sunnyside’s Burger King closed by Health Dept, second time in less than a year

Burger King

Jan. 30, 2015 Staff Report

Burger King, the fast-food restaurant located at 40-15 Queens Boulevard, has been temporarily closed by the Health Department.

This is the second time in less than a year that this restaurant has been closed by the health department.

The health department closed the restaurant on Jan. 28 based on the following violations:

Violation points: 40

Sanitary Violations

1) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.

2) Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.

3) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.

4) Pesticide use not in accordance with label or applicable laws. Prohibited chemical used/stored. Open bait station used.

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Henry

I’ve fallen into the convenience trap this place offers many times. It’s late, it’s cold, you’ve had a long day at work, you just got off the packed 7 train, you’re hungry, you just need to eat something and move on with your life.

Enter Burger King. Fast, cheap(ish), warm food.

Can’t wait for it to be gone so it will stop tempting me.

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VelvetKnight

I’m no more surprised this time than I was last time. I went there when I first moved to Sunnyside about 7 years ago, and the Dr Pepper literally tasted like rotting rubber. The lines obviously hadn’t been cleaned in ages.

About a year later I was in the mood and gave it another shot. I even made a point of asking, “Have you cleaned the lines yet?” and the manager told me yes.

Nope. Same rotting rubber taste. They NEVER clean the lines. Why it took this long for the health department to figure out something was wrong with the place is beyond me.

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Frank N. Stein

BK shut down twice. .I can only imagine what is happening at the Butcher Block…They are exempt from Health inspections via a loophole in the law..It has something to do with selling produce. …They pile garbage in the basement and bring it up on certain days…Safe to say if BK is vermin infested so is BB…BB used to be Irish but looks like it was sold..Haven’t seen an Irish person working the counter in a long time

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43rd & 43rd

You must be going at unusual times, because I almost always see multiple Irish employees (and multiple non-Irish employees).

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Anonymous visitor

Was it sold? I have noticed a new guy who seems to be a manager. He’s not Irish. He’s also a dick.

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NYC is overrated

There are vacant storefronts all over NYC because there are no rent regulations to curb the excessive landlord greed. Sunnyside hasn’t caught up to Astoria/LIC (thank your lucky stars) because JVB doesn’t want to overcrowd the area he lives in.

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rikki

why am i paying $1,500 for a studio here….because you dont have the personality and finesse to get the same deal for 4 rooms in a 2 family house on the south side of QB with an older retired couple with a PAID OFF house!!!

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OldenDays

rikki…you talk about “personality” but your other comment in this thread was so racist. and this one is rude and judgmental. you call that “personality and finesse”? maybe it’s worth $1500 not to live near you

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rikki

Yes being nice and getting out this morning and shoveling the snow and ice so the 75 year old didn’t have to do it well if you dont want rent increases you do this willingly.

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John Doe

Burger King has reopened.
other happenings in the hood
Hugo’s Tae Kwon Do on Skillman has moved into the old Hardware store space, also on Skillman.
El Norteno (formerly Chip’s Mexican restaurant) has closed.
In Bloom Tanning has become Grace Nails, as if we need another nail salon…
Beauty and Bliss “Spa” next to Claret has become Green Tara Spa, this place is most likely a front as there is never any business in there
the fence outside the abandoned lot next to Starbucks on Queens blvd is falling apart, what is going on with this eyesore??? its been vacant for YEARS!! once again Astoria/LIC and parts of Brooklyn are light years ahead of Sunnyside/Queens. what is going on with this neighborhood lately?? so many vacant storefronts. why am i paying $1,500 for a studio here????

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rikki

Well there is such a thing as hiring Caucasian employees who understand the level of cleanliness Americans expect.

Maybe its the norm in their country , so the health dept should demand some serious training in American standards–or everyone get a food handlers license- before that are allowed to reopen.

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El loco

That’s racist. Most of the restaurants in Sunnyside are owned by foreign born people and most get A’s.

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Fred Roberts

How about they get some good management. White folks can be disgustingly dirty but you wouldn’t think of that would you.

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Gary

Go to williamsburger on 37th and greenpoint you will be glad you did. The place is great and your supporting a small business unlike a dirty corporate shit hole like b k.

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OldenDays

i always wanted to go to Williamsburger, i’ve heard good things. but it’s really out of the way for me. they should just transplant it to take the place of this nasty burger king!!

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ushouldc

It’s disgusting that this dump – that obviously has no concern about basic food safety – remains open. Plus the company has moved its operations to Canada to avoid paying American taxes on its profits. Please have some respect for your body and stay away.

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whatevs

There hasn’t been an epidemic, has there? Nobody’s gotten sick, at least not that’s been publicized. I ate there last Sunday; feel fine. This is normal.

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Hello

It’s all about taking a preventative measure. The fact that you haven’t gotten sick or there hasn’t been an epidemic is no excuse for a business to have unsanitary conditions.

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Bernie

What a shame – I love BK – and usually go to the one on Northern Blvd – this one was once good. But in recent years turned into dump. Wonder why BK corporate doesn’t act on this… Maybe now???

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Anonymous visitor

Do u mean the billiard place that was where the “Deals” 99c store is? Yeah dude that was FUN. I only went there twice and was too young to drink both times.

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LICgal

That is always the dirtiest Burger King, every other BK in the city and out seem so much cleaner. It even smells bad when you walk in.

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Sunnysider Mom

I passed by it last night and BK put up their own sign next to the Dept of Health sign that said they were closed due to flooding in their basement….. Highly doubt that was their only issue….

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VelvetKnight

That’s not unusual. “Closed for renovation” is often a euphemism for “shut down by the health department.” Of course that’s not always the case, but it does make it tricky to know when it’s legit and when it’s not.

That happened to a restaurant I used to work at, and they closed for 2 weeks while they dropped $30k fixing up everything they needed to (plus a massive fine). After that they sailed through every inspection. It’s pretty amazing BK still thought they could cut corners after that.

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El loco

Even if they got an A+ I wouldn’t eat there. The food is disgusting. White Castle is better. Just make sure you don’t have to go to work the next day if you know what I mean.

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ugh

This building is attached to the butchers block…if bk has an infestation, it probably spread to the butchers as well.

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The Burger King

I used to eat in burger king all the time growing up. One time I grabbed lunch there with a couple of friends after school and we saw one of the employees cleaning out the garbage. She grabbed one of the large soda cups from the garbage, emptied out the drink, and put the used ice back into the soda machine.

What the.

Yeah.

Have it your way.

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Hello

This is one time too many. How about they shut it down and make way for a business that values cleanliness and quality food?!

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