The Starbucks located at 154 N 7 St. in Williamsburg has shut down again following a temporary closure earlier this month after an employee/whistleblower reported a vermin infestation prompting an inspection from the Dept. of Health.
Brown paper was taped over the front doors to the Williamsburg Starbucks on Friday morning with a sign stating “Store Closed,” pointing customers to nearby locations.
It’s unclear if the latest closure is permanent or related to the vermin infestation that resulted in the corporate coffee chain receiving a “C” during a visit from the city on April 30th when 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.
Inspectors returned a few days later after Starbucks reopened on May 2nd and still found unsanitary conditions related to vermin: “Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.”
A former employee told Greenpointers that she knew of approximately six people who quit working at the 154 N 7 St. Starbucks in recent months related to the management’s failure to address the vermin infestation.
Two other Starbucks remain open nearby on Union Avenue and a newly opened location across from McCarren Park in Greenpoint.
A call to the 154 N 7 St. Starbucks went unanswered on Friday.