NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Friday, April 4, 2014, 4:44 PM
Updated: Friday, April 4, 2014, 5:14 PM
The Health Department dealt a blow to Cronut-loving New Yorkers on Friday, shutting down Dominique Ansel’s Soho bakery a day after a website posted a video of a mouse among the racks of pastries.
The Spring Street bakery — home of the famed croissant-donut hybrid — has maintained an “A” grade, but an inspection last year found “evidence of live mice” and found the kitchen not “vermin proof.” The bakery was not shut down at that time.
We often feel like we’re being looked at under a tremendous microscope.
After Friday’s closure, Ansel issued a statement that referred to the downside of his current stature as the “It” boy of American patisserie.
“We often feel like we’re being looked at under a tremendous microscope,” he said. “No other bakery would’ve suffered as we did in a similar situation.”
The Frenchman complained that the video, posted by Gothamist, is unfair.
“We run a clean and good operation, but see that we were targeted and will rise to the occasion to be even better,” he said. “People don’t see the larger ramifications of their actions and how a tiny video of a mouse running across the screen for three seconds can cause harm and damages to an honest, small business that people’s livelihood depends on.”
That said, he promised to meet the city’s demands that he refortify cement in the kitchen to thwart future invasions.
The bakery is expected to reopen by mid-day on Monday.