Following a change in ownership earlier in the fall, Iron Sushi, at 440 Third Ave. near 30th Street, was most recently closed on Monday after inspectors found workers wearing soiled clothes and no place for them to wash their hands, according to the Health Department website.
The restaurant racked up 69 violation points during the inspection, which also found "conditions conducive to attracting vermin," the Health Department said.
Iron Sushi reopened on Wednesday, workers said, but a representative of the restaurant denied on Thursday that the closure was connected to health issues.
"There's something going on," said the Iron Sushi representative, who declined to reveal her name. "We have construction going on."
The restaurant was also temporarily shut down by health inspectors in November for evidence of mice and failure to store food at a safe temperature, records show.
Earlier in the fall, Iron Sushi Love Inc. took over the restaurant from a previous owner, company president Xiu Qin Dong told Community Board 6 during a meeting on Oct. 25. CB6 approved a new beer and wine license for the restaurant at the time.
The popular eatery offers specialty sushi rolls including the $15 Iron Roll with spicy tuna and avocado, topped with sliced eel and wasabi, and the $13 Christmas Roll with white tuna, asparagus and tempura, topped with sliced avocado and tomato salsa.