LOWER MANHATTAN — Health inspectors shut down Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits on Fulton Street last week after finding mice and other food-safety violations.
The Popeyes at 143 Fulton St. has been closed since last Friday, when the Health Department issued 49 violation points to the restaurant, according to online records.
Problems included evidence of mice, hot food held at unsafe temperatures, unclean utensils and improper use of pesticides and bait stations.
Inspectors also found mice at the fast-food chain's Fulton Street location in September but allowed it to remain open.
The dozens of other Popeyes restaurants located around the city have no reported violations from the Health Department, but two other Downtown Popeyes — at 96 Walker St. and 125 Canal St. — have not yet been inspected, according to records.
Popeyes' corporate office released a statement saying they were aware of the issue on Fulton Street.
"This restaurant in question is an independently owned and operated franchised location," the chain said. "We are working with the franchisee to resolve the issue; while doing so the restaurant will be closed until further notice."
Other Lower Manhattan restaurants that also netted a large number of health violations recently include: Lisa's Pizza, 76 Fulton St., which got 52 points for violations including mice; Peace & Love Cafe, 378 Greenwich St., which got 43 points for violations including flies and food contamination; and Beckett's, 81 Pearl St., which got 44 points for violations including holding hot and cold food at improper temperatures.
Restaurants must receive just 13 points or fewer to get an A, while those that receive 28 points or more get a C.