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Corner cafe in Woodside temporarily closed down by department of health

Cornerstone Cafe at 60-15 Woodside Ave. (photo by pastryologist on Instagram)

Oct. 5, 2017 By Nathaly Pesantez

A corner cafe in Woodside has been temporarily shut down by the health department after an Oct. 2 inspection yielded six critical violations.

Department of Health inspectors at the Cornerstone Cafe, located at 60-15 Woodside Ave., recorded 111 violation points for the site. Violations include filth flies present in the facility, no facilities available to wash, rinse, and sanitize utensils, and food not protected from potential sources of contamination.

The cafe opened over the summer, and serves coffees, smoothies, breakfast, and sandwiches.

Full list of sanitary violations (first six are “critical”):
1) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
2) Food not cooled by an approved method whereby the internal product temperature is reduced from 140º F to 70º F or less within 2 hours, and from 70º F to 41º F or less within 4 additional hours.
3) Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewage-associated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies.
4) Insufficient or no refrigerated or hot holding equipment to keep potentially hazardous foods at required temperatures.
5) No facilities available to wash, rinse and sanitize utensils and/or equipment.
6) Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
7) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.

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Oran and El Loco health inspectors.

Yummy. One of Al from Sunnysides favorite places gets the kabosh. He won’t be a able to take Grape Soda Barbara (Neil the landlords first born) out for any dates there anymore. FYI- El Loco now works for he health dept and he doesn’t take any unsanitary conditions lightly. He sends Oran Juice Jones in first to recon the joint. His MO is that he usually orders a Chocolate Egg cream and a corn muffin. If he doesn’t like what he sees he gives the high sign to El Loco and they then take the place down.


I don’t get your comments, please preface them properly or just gives us a break from your conjecture.


It clearly says “Cornerstone Cafe” on their awning. Not “corner cafe”. Your attention to detail leaves a bit to be desired.

Mr. Anchovy

“A corner cafe” is the opening sentence. The cafe exists on a corner. You’re attention to nitpicking is superfluous.


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