Red Rooster Gets 'C' Equivalent in City Health Inspection

By Tom Liddy on July 10, 2011 7:02pm 

Red Rooster restaurant racked up 31 violation points on its most recent inspection on June 22, 2011, city records show.
Red Rooster restaurant racked up 31 violation points on its most recent inspection on June 22, 2011, city records show.
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MANHATTAN - Harlem hotspot Red Rooster racked up enough health violation points on its last inspection to score the equivalent of a C in the city's restaurant grading system, according to city records.

The eatery, owned by "Top Chef Masters" Season 2 winner Marcus Samuelsson, had four critical violations, including food not being protected from contamination from the June 22 inspection, the records show, for a total of 31 points.

Anything more than 28 points can earn a restaurant a C.

In an April inspection, Red Rooster, which serves locally-sourced American comfort food, received 16 points, which would be just over the threshold for a B.

The only critical violation then was for cold food stored at above 41 degrees.

The restaurant's woes, did not stop customers from flocking to the popular eatery at 310 Lenox Ave., according to the Daily News, which first reported the story.

And the restaurant, which hosted President Barack Obama, is challenging the inspection so its grade is currently "pending," according to the paper.

A spokeswoman for Red Rooster could not immediately be reached for comment.

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