EAST VILLAGE — Puddin’, a St. Mark’s Place sweets shop that specialized in pudding, will not reopen its doors after it was shut down by the Health Department in November, it announced on Facebook.
“To all our loyal patrons, it is with much sadness that we announce we will not be reopening in the near future,” the owners posted on Facebook Sunday night. “We can't thank you all enough for the support over the years; it meant the world to us. It was a great ride indeed.”
Chef Clio Goodman opened the eatery about three years ago. The restaurant sold six different flavors of pudding, as well as pudding-filled cakes, frozen pops and cookies, coffee and tea, according to its website.
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, however, shut down the restaurant on Nov. 24, according to a sign posted on its storefront and city records.
The owners posted a sign of its own shortly after, according to EV Grieve.
“Oh fudge! We forgot some paperwork! Be back soon!” the sign, which was still posted on Monday moring, read.
According to a Health Department spokesman, the restaurant was shut down because it had an expired permit.
"Puddin’ was closed because, despite multiple reminders to renew their permit, the owners were found operating with an expired food service establishment permit. Once it has been renewed, they can re-open," the spokesman said.
A restaurant manager said the restaurant was shut down "for an administrative issue with our permit, not a food safety issue" but declined to comment further on the closure.
According to Health Department records, the eatery received 23 violation points, including two “critical” violations because a supervisor did not have a “Food Protection Certificate” and because inspectors found “evidence of mice or live mice present” in the restaurant.
Fans reacted to the news with dismay on Facebook, saying that they were sad to see Puddin’ close.
“Oh no!!!” wrote Ursula Wilson in reply to the restaurant’s status. “Loved your place,Clio!!! U will be missed!!! Good luck in all your new endeavors.”