Jay-Z's 40/40 Club Closed for Health Violations
By DNAinfo Staff on January 21, 2012 2:10pm
By Sarah Tan and Patrick Hedlund
MANHATTAN — Jay-Z's got 69 problems — and his food is one.
The hip-hop mogul and proud papa's recently relaunched 40/40 Club was shuttered by the Health Department Thursday, just a day after the Flatiron hot spot reopened following a $10 million makeover.
The Department of Health slapped the West 25th Street nightclub with a whopping 69 violation points — 28 being the threshold above which establishments receive a "C" grade — citing a failure to keep food at appropriate temperatures and a lack of employee cleanliness.
The celebrity hangout was also docked points for an employee not using proper utensils to avoid bare-hand contact with food, the result of a staffer mixing salsa with his bare hands, the New York Post reported.
The Post said the club's restaurant was closed immediately after the inspection and that new patrons were prevented from entering, but that those inside the space at the time were allowed to stay. The club reportedly reopened Friday, despite the Health Department's website indicating it is still closed.
The night prior to its inspection, Jay-Z hosted an A-list party at the 40/40 Club to celebrate its reopening, with celebrities such as Russell Simmons, Spike Lee, CC Sabathia and Warren Buffett reportedly on hand.
During its last health inspection in April 2011, the club was hit with 39 violation points.