Dominique Ansel's Cronut Bakery Closed for 'Severe Mouse Infestation'

By Danielle Tcholakian on April 4, 2014 5:03pm 

 A tray of fresh Cronuts being prepared at Dominique Ansel Bakery.
A tray of fresh Cronuts being prepared at Dominique Ansel Bakery.
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SOHO — The birthplace of the Cronut was shut down Friday afternoon after health inspectors uncovered a rampant rodent problem, officials said.

Dominique Ansel Bakery, at 189 Spring St., was ordered closed by the Health Department just one day after a widely circulated online video showed a mouse running around the bakery's kitchen.

"The establishment was closed by the department because of a severe mouse infestation that requires professional pest control services," the Department of Health said in a statement.

The health department said the inspection was prompted by the video, which they treated as a complaint.

But Ansel spokeswoman Amy Ma insisted the shop had been treated unfairly.

"Most businesses would have never been shut down due to video footage of one small mouse," Ma wrote in an email to DNAinfo.

"Needless to say we were targeted," Ma wrote, but vowed the bakery would "meet all of DOH's requirements."

Ma said the bakery would be reopened by midday Monday.

Shortly before the bakery was shuttered, a bakery representative told Gothamist that staffers pulled 24-hour shifts, with the "chef on his knees searching" for the mouse after the video went viral on Thursday. The representative noted that the bakery has "received nothing but A's on our health inspects" for the nearly three years the bakery has been open.

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