Peter McManus Cafe Shut Down by Health Dept. for Second Time in 2 Months

By Mathew Katz on June 18, 2014 2:06pm 

 Peter McManus Cafe was shut down by the Health Department on June 16 and was still closed two days later.
Peter McManus Cafe was shut down by the Health Department on June 16 and was still closed two days later.
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CHELSEA — Longtime Irish pub Peter McManus Cafe was shut down by the Health Department this week — its second closure in less than two months.

Health inspectors found evidence of mice, unwashed food preparation surfaces, contaminated food and hot food that was allowed to get cold during a visit to the 78-year-old bar on Monday and ordered it closed, records show.

Officials also found that the 152 Seventh Ave. spot's supervisor lacked a city-mandated Food Protection Certificate. In all, the restaurant racked up 61 violation points, records show.

The restaurant was also shut down after a May 3 health inspection, when authorities hit the pub with 53 violation points for similar issues, records show.

McManus was still shut at lunchtime on Wednesday, and a worker said the bar's owners hoped to reopen by Thursday. The owners could not immediately be reached for comment.

The family-owned bar opened in 1936 and has appeared in many movies and TV shows, including "Keeping the Faith," "Seinfeld" and "Saturday Night Live."

The bar is also a favorite of "SNL" cast members and alumni for the show's afterparties.

A steady trickle of passersby were bewildered by the bar's closure Wednesday.

"That's so f---ing sad," shouted one woman after seeing the Health Department's closure sign. "This place is an institution."

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