FLATIRON — The Hog Pit was more of a mouse pit.
The city's Health Department shut down bar and barbecue joint The Hog Pit Monday after inspectors found mice in its kitchen.
The bar at 37 W. 26th St. is well known for its cheap beers and southern favorites like pulled pork, chicken fried steak and ribs.
Along with mice, inspectors found that kitchen counters used to prepare food weren't properly cleaned and were improperly constructed, and that the restaurant was not vermin-proof. In all, The Hog Pit racked up 40 violation points.
This is not the first time inspectors found mice in the bar's kitchen, as there was evidence of rodents there during a Feb. 18 inspection, according to records.
The bar first opened in 1995 in the Meatpacking District before moving to West 26th Street.
The restaurant remained closed at lunchtime on Wednesday. Staff there said it was shut for construction and were uncertain when it would reopen.