Caribbean Soul Restaurant Closed After Inspection Reveals Evidence of Mice

By Janet Upadhye on May 13, 2013 2:39pm 

 Ackee and saltfish with plantains and yam dumplings at Soulé Caribbean food spot in Clinton Hill.
Ackee and saltfish with plantains and yam dumplings at Soulé Caribbean food spot in Clinton Hill.
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CLINTON HILL — Caribbean Soul is known in Clinton Hill for jazz music, jerk chicken wings and friendly service.

But the Health Department recently closed the popular Fulton Street hangout citing improper refrigeration of food and evidence of mice, among other violations. Owner Nichole Mayers must take a few steps before she can reopen her doors.

"After a closure, a restaurant must correct violations, pay back fines and request a re-opening inspection," said Health Department spokeswoman Veronica Lewin.

Mayers bought Soulé from its previous owners and renamed it Caribbean Soul. She then introduced entertainment like jazz and open mic and comedy nights. She also hosted well-known guests such as pianist John Lander.

Mayers hired her Trinidadian mother to run the kitchen, according to The Local. The new menu included treats such as blackened salmon, sweet coconut shrimp with apricot duck sauce and escovitch king fish and bammy.

"Caribbean cuisine that touches the SOUL," wrote patron Tina C. on Yelp.

A re-inspection date has not yet been set for the shuttered hotspot.

Mayers could not be reached for comment.

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