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Xio Lounge Closed by Health Dept.

Xio Lounge (Photo: QueensPost)

Aug. 4, 2013 Staff Report

Xio Lounge, a Sunnyside lounge bar, has been closed by the Health Department.

The bar, located at 39-19 Queens Boulevard, was slapped with a number of violations totaling 31 points.  The violations, which were issued August 1, were for the following:

Sanitary Violations
1) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
2) Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan.
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) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
5) Pesticide use not in accordance with label or applicable laws. Prohibited chemical used/stored. Open bait station used.
6) “Wash hands” sign not posted at hand wash facility.

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The owner of Xio was not available to comment on the bar’s closing. Furthermore, there is no word on whether it has reopened.

Xio has been subject to a great deal of criticism from neighboring residents in the past.

For instance, several residents claimed at a police precinct meeting in April that the patrons of Xio would walk into their courtyards to smoke pot. The police made a number of arrests following the complaints—and few complaints have been reported since.

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Me

All I can say it’s about time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good riddance …cya… GOODBYE!! I would like to thank Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer for all the help he extended to the nearby residents with ALL of the issues we had there. Any establishment opening there should name it “NEXT” cause it aint going to last long!!

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SouthSideJohnny

Maybe Lucy was one of the “entertainers” who worked at Xio and is now unemployed? Her statement is confusing.

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Bosco at Da Trap House

I love the Irish pubs and I’m not even Irish! I’m half Puerto Rican and half Italian.

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atom

@Lucy

Maggie Maes is “disgusting?” I’m not a big drinker, but on rare occasions when I do, I always go there because it’s clean, quite and everyone is super polite. What on earth is disgusting about it?

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Lucy

Lol, who adds value to what? Look at the disgusting Irish pubs Courtyard, Maggies those places really add value Nooooo this hole thing in a joke…..

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Anonymous

@ Circle K – the “Who Cares?” comment refers to the fact that nobody should care that it’s closed because it is a crappy place anyway that doesn’t add any real value to this neighborhood. You decided to read those two words and interpret them in your own way. Now go back to your circle jerk…

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Anon.an.on

Before this was Xio it was a nice bar, the person that is responsible for Xio has managed to bring in a new and unwanted crowd and clearly doesnt feel the need to keep a clean working enviroment. Let’s hope it stays closed until someone capable is able to takeover and turn it back into somewhere worth drinking.

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CircleK

“Who Cares?” What a jackass you are.

Problems about this place are numerous and concerning to many who live nearby. I took a photo this past Friday night of about 150 motorcycles parked in front of Xio at that corner (39th QnsBLvd). that would notmally not bother me if there weren’t as many (about half that number) bikers loitering outside, smoking cigarettes, weed, and makjng it difficult for passers by.

Place is destined for trouble, and the block doesn’t welcome it!

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Sunnysideposthatesme14

The other night they had a bunch of bikers , all partying at 11:00 at night. If I lived close to that bar I probably would have done what I can to set it on fire and make it look like an accident. Seriously the bar is crap and the people it invites are crap eating flies. The most vile disgusting STD ridden garbage that you could find in the streets.

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JOR

Who knew there are so many different kinds of flies? Looks like a concerted effort to enforce various laws is dealing with a neighborhood nuisance. How long before the anti-police loudmouths get the City Council to pass laws so that the rights of ratholes like Xio are protected and allow them to sue to get money from taxpayers?

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