Crocodile Lounge Remains Closed After Mice Stick Around for Reinspection

By Heather Holland on March 10, 2014 1:32pm 

 The Health Department found mice, rats and unsanitary conditions at Crocodile Lounge, 325 E. 14th St., records show.
The Health Department found mice, rats and unsanitary conditions at Crocodile Lounge, 325 E. 14th St., records show.
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GRAMERCY — Crocodile Lounge was forced to remain closed after the Health Department reinspected the bar on Friday and still found evidence of live mice, according to online records.

Inspectors originally shut down Crocodile Lounge at 325 E. 14th St. last Wednesday for violations including mice and rats, and then ordered it to remain closed after it failed its reinspection on Friday, records show.

The bar — known for offering free personal pizzas with each drink — was hit with 10 violation points on Friday for the mice as well as for creating conditions that attracted vermin, according to Department of Health records.

An employee at the Crocodile Lounge said Monday that he hoped to reopen the bar after another inspection later in the day.

"It is what it is," said the worker, who declined to give his name. "It's New York City. It's unfortunately what we have to deal with. We're mopping up the floors right now and making sure we are up to spec."

In addition to the free-pizza special, Crocodile Lounge also offers free two-egg omelets with mimosas and bloody marys as a Sunday brunch promotion.

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