Dominique Ansel's Cronut Bakery Remains Closed After Mouse Infestation

By Danielle Tcholakian on April 7, 2014 10:47am 

 Bakers at Dominique Ansel preparing fresh Cronuts.
Bakers at Dominique Ansel preparing fresh Cronuts.
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SOHO — Cronut-lovers will have to wait at least another day to get their fix.

Dominique Ansel Bakery, which was forced to close on Friday after health inspectors said they discovered a "severe mouse infestation," won't reopen until Tuesday morning at the earliest, an employee said.

The Department of Health shuttered the 189 Spring St. bakery — which invented the Cronut and regularly draws long lines of hungry customers — after a widely circulated online video showed a mouse scurrying around the kitchen. Health inspectors hit the bakery with 43 violation points, for evidence of mice, unsanitary surfaces and food that wasn't properly protected, records show.

On Friday, bakery spokeswoman Amy Ma told DNAinfo New York the bakery hoped to reopen by mid-day Monday, but a bakery employee said Monday morning that would not be possible.

"As of right now, we are essentially waiting for the approval to have the [second Department of Health] inspection, so we are filing the papers as we speak," the employee said over the phone, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Bakery staff is hoping to be able to resume baking right after the second inspection is completed on Monday and then reopen on Tuesday, pending approval from DOH inspectors, the employee said.

The bakery had previously received violation points for evidence of mice in 2013, on April 22 and Oct. 1, records show. And last Sept. 19, inspectors found flies and charged the bakery with maintaining an environment "conducive to vermin," according to online Health Department records.

Last week, Ma told Gothamist that she speculated the lone mouse from the video may have come from outdoors, as the bakery has a backyard and keeps the doors open in warmer weather.

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