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Popular Mexican Restaurant Shut Down by Health Inspectors for Fourth Time

By Mathew Katz | September 11, 2013 1:43pm
 Mary Ann's was still closed on Sept. 11, 2013.
Mary Ann's was still closed on Sept. 11, 2013.
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CHELSEA — "La Cucaracha" is more than just a song at Mary Ann's Mexican restaurant, city inspectors found this week.

Health Department officials shut down the 27-year-old Eighth Avenue Mexican cantina Monday after finding mice, flies and roaches during an inspection. The restaurant was hit with 47 violation points, according to online records.

The inspection also found that counters were not properly washed and that the restaurant had improperly maintained plumbing.

It's the fourth time since 2011 that the eatery has been closed by the health department, records show.

On Wednesday afternoon, the restaurant was still closed.

Mary Ann's first opened in Chelsea in 1986 and specializes in Mexican favorites and margaritas. The restaurant also has a second location in Port Chester, N.Y.

Staff at both locations did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Chelsea Mary Ann's was previously shut down in February 2011 for not having sufficient potable water and twice in May 2011 after inspectors found mice and other health issues, records show.

The spot also has mixed reviews on Yelp, where it has three stars.

"Not bad Mexican food, but not very good either," wrote reviewer Chris R. "The chips were hard and the salsa was bland, but I might eat here again. The interior was pleasant and Mexicanish."