East Village Mac and Cheese Joint S'Mac Closed by Health Department
EAST VILLAGE — The East Village mecca to mac and cheese, S'MAC, has been shut by health inspectors.
Evidence of mice and dirty wiping cloths were found at the restaurant's East 12th Street location, between First and Second avenues.
The eatery, which does dine-in and takeout, racked up 71 violation points after jumping from 13 in its previous inspection in September, during which it earned an A grade, according to the Department of Health website.
Inspectors on Tuesday also found that S'MAC workers were not using the proper utensils to minimize hand contact with food and that toilet facilities were not adequately maintained, according to the website.
It was shut Tuesday.
The owner of S'Mac, Sarita Ekya, declined to comment on the closure and could not specify when the store would reopen.
Ekya started the business with her husband Caesar, growing it to three locations — East 12th Street, East 1st Street and First Avenue and a location in Murray Hill.
It offers varieties of gourmet mac and cheese such as the "Parisienne" with creamy brie, roasted figs, roasted shiitake mushrooms and fresh rosemary.