Union Square's Heartland Brewery Shut Down by Health Dept.

By Heather Holland on October 10, 2013 3:01pm 

 The American Pub chain's Union Square location was shut down for contaminated food and roaches.
The American Pub chain's Union Square location was shut down for contaminated food and roaches.
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UNION SQUARE — Heartland Brewery was recently shuttered by the Health Department for violations including contaminated food and roaches.

The large pub, located at 35 Union Square West, was ordered to close on Wednesday, after it racked up 40 violation points for cross contaminatation of food and “live roaches present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas," according to DOH records.

When asked for comment, a pub spokesman said the reason for the closure was “missed step in procedures by DOH and it is being corrected today," although he declined to immediately explain what the missed step was.

“We look forward to being open in the next several hours,” said spokesman Jon Boostein in an email on Thursday.

Heartland also received a violation for failure to keep the restaurant vermin proof by maintaining “conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premise,” according to DOH records.

The pub usually serves American food, including burgers, rotisserie and barbecue and a variety of seasonal beer.

“Every other Heartland Brewery has an A rating by the DOH,” said Bloostein.

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