Sept. 21, 2015 By Christian Murray
OT, the Greek restaurant located at 39-31 Queens Blvd, was temporarily shut down by the Health Dept. on Thursday.
The department claimed that there was evidence of mice, and that there were fruit flies on the premises. Furthermore, it wrote up the restaurant for having cold food being held above 41 degrees.
Chris Ioannides, who manages the restaurant, said that he was perplexed by the Health Dept’s findings, claiming that he had an extermination company come to the restaurant three days prior to the inspection. “I guess my exterminator screwed up… or something doesn’t make sense.”
“People are looking in the window and this is so embarrassing,” he said. “I had a big group coming out for the Giants game and I had to tell them they couldn’t come.”
Ioannides, who was not in the restaurant at the time of the inspection, said the inspector claimed he discovered mice droppings and several fruit flies.
“These guys should wear cameras on them so we can see exactly what they are seeing,” Ioannides said.
He did concede that his food permit had recently expired but was not aware of it until the inspection. “I thought my accountant had taken care of it,” he said.
Ioannides also said that the inspector claimed his slicer was dirty. However, Ioannides said his chef had just used it prior to the inspector’s arrived. He said that the chef was also preparing a dish so he had items that were on the counter that were supposed to be refrigerated.
Ioannides aims to reopen Tuesday.