S'MAC Reopens in East Village After Health Shutdown

By Victoria BekiempisBen Fractenberg and Serena Solomon  on May 6, 2013 8:39pm


Less than a week after the Department of Health shuttered the mac and cheese eatery for live roaches and evidence of mice, the starchy stalwart of East Village eats has reopened, S'MAC owners said Monday.

"We officially reopened moments ago," co-owner Sarita Ekya said in an email to DNAinfo New York about 5:30 p.m. "On our inspection today, we received 3 [violation] points."

That's a drop from last week, when the reports of vermin and other violations — such as improper food utensils — caused S'MAC to rack up 71 violation points.

Officials also found dirty wiping cloths and poor toilet maintenance during its April 30 inspection of the small chain's flagship, located at 345 E. 12th St., the Health Department said.

"We were shocked," co-owner Caesar Ekya previously said in response to the closure. "If it was one [violation] in an inspection, you are fine, but they all happened at once. It was a lot of little things all at once."

S'MAC's other locations in Murray Hill and First Park remained open for business during the main S'MAC restaurant's closure.

The Health Department's website was not immediately updated Monday with the results of the new inspection.

S'MAC customers were grateful that the eatery was back in business.

Steve Weisfeld, who eats at S'MAC with his daughter about once a month, said he didn't even know the restaurant had closed — but he was happy it had reopened quickly.

"I'm a big mac 'n' cheese fan," said Weisfeld, adding that he enjoys the restaurant's unique selections such as an Indian-influenced masala macaroni and cheese.

"I've never seen that anywhere else," said Weisfeld, 48. "It's really good."