Vendors at DUMBO’s Time Out Market reopen after health violations
Time Out’s time out is over. The DUMBO food market, where more than half the eateries were shuttered earlier this month following a flunked health inspection, was officially allowed to reopen following a positive health inspection.
A Health Department inspection on July 10 found that the market’s shared refrigerator was almost 20 degrees too warm (58 instead of the FDA-mandated 41). Fourteen out of the 21 vendors were shut down until July 20, when the Health Department visited again and determined the fridge temperatures up to code.
“When the DOH reinspected, our main refrigeration unit was confirmed to be at the appropriate temperature, and all necessary adjustments have been approved to ensure it will remain so,” said Sasha Lampert, a spokesperson for Time Out Market. “Our team onsite has been working closely with the DOH as it is key for us to be health-code compliant.”
The federal standards hold that potentially hazardous foods (meat and fish) must be kept at or below 41 degrees to prevent bacteria from growing and to decrease the risk of food-borne illnesses.
The vendors that were previously closed and can now open include BKLYN Wild, Fish Cheeks, Bessou, Mr. Taka, Felice, Jacob’s Pickles, Alta Calidad, Avacaderia, Breads Bagelry, Breads Bakery, Little Ada, Cookie Do, Ivy Stark and Nur.
The market is once again bustling with customers, and has resumed full service.
“All eateries are now open and running and we are excited to have welcomed all members of staff and our guests back in — both local regulars and visitors to this great neighborhood,” Lampert told the Eagle.
“I heard it had closed and I was worried I couldn’t bring my friends — I always bring people here,” said Greenpoint resident Patricia Monahan, who was hosting two friends from out of town. “But it looks like we lucked out!”
Monahan didn’t express any worry over the possible health violations at the market.
However, the food vendors still are pending a grade, according to city records. Restaurants are scored on a scale of A to C (A being the best, C being the worst) when inspected for health violations. A score of less than 28 points — which would be under a “C” grade — is grounds for closure.
“The health and safety of New Yorkers is the Health Department’s top priority,” said Michael Lanza, a Health Department spokesperson. “We routinely work with restaurants to correct public health hazards and we are committed to helping restaurants and food service operators achieve ‘A’ grades.”
Additional reporting by Jeffery Harrell.