In North Brooklyn, a region overflowing with stellar independently owned coffee shops where the drip coffee doesn’t taste characteristically burned, it can be perplexing to see a packed Starbucks (we get it, your cousin is visiting from Connecticut and needs a white chocolate mocha frappuccino).
Now, there’s one more reason to skip the ubiquitous corporate coffee house when in Williamsburg’s main retail stretch: Vermin.
The 154 N 7th St. Starbucks was shut down by the Health Dept. for a number of concerning reasons following an inspection on April 30th (see below).
On the most recent inspection city health inspectors found:
1) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
2) Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.
3) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
All in all the 154 N 7th St. Starbucks scored a 38 during the April inspection, which is far from an A (0-13 points), B (14-27 points), and will score the coffee shop a C (28 or more points, yikes!).
These unsanitary transgressions earned the Starbucks a classic shutdown and the business remains closed as of today. But fear not die-hards, after a proper cleanup and inspection, the coffee shop will likely reopen.