UPPER WEST SIDE — Neighborhood favorite Kefi reopened for business Wednesday after being temporarily closed by the Department of Health Monday.
The restaurant seated its first lunchtime diners at noon, though its A grade was replaced by a notice from the DOH that its new grade is now pending.
According to reports, the restaurant failed its inspection Monday and failed again Tuesday. It received an A rating by the DOH last April.
Kefi racked up 54 violation points Monday, according to the DOH and was cited for "cold food item held about 41 degrees Fahrenheit," "raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded" and "evidence of mice or live mice present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
According to the department, a mice infestation, was among the reasons for the closure and inspectors said the restaurant was not "vermin proof."
Owner Mike Psilakis was not available to comment on the closure.