Although McSorley’s bar has never been closed, not even during the 9/11, it seems that some mice can cause a lot of trouble. The bar was closed Wednesday, after the Department of Health had found forty-two rodent droppings during the last inspection.
The agency’s spokesperson underlined that the conditions were also favorable for ‘pest activity.’ According to Matthew Maher, McSorley’s bar owner since 1977, this situation is very embarrassing, mostly because over the past 54 years, the bar hasn’t been damaged during the 9/11 or by the hurricanes.
However, the Department of Health decided to close the bar, even if it hadn’t been closed since 1854. Maher added that the health officials found the mouse droppings in McSorley’s basement.
The owner claims that a construction worker forgot the grate open after replacing a gas pipe a week before the bar was closed. He said that it was the only way the mouse could have crawled in. McSorley’s is a widely-popular NYC bar, especially for its history, and for the fact that it hosted many important personalities such as Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt.
Maher says that the bar is completely sealed now and that no critter will ever get in the basement. He underlined that if the pipe hadn’t been installed, the bar would have had another health violation, so they had to change the old one.
According to Teresa, Maher’s daughter and bartender, these measures are too drastic because the Department of Health found only mice droppings, not ten rats. The rodent got in through a back opening which was not closed well.
The owner and his family are still shocked after the closing. He stressed that McSorley’s is his family business, as he has two grandsons, two sons-in-law, and his daughter working there. All of them took the situation personally.
However, this is not the first time the Department of Health found a health violation in McSorley’s. During the latest inspection in April, the officials found some evidence that rodents might have been living in the area designed for food preparation. Also, evidence of mice was found in May 2013, during another inspection.
Maher said that it was just an incident and that he and his family addressed the issue. Now, they are looking forward to the next inspection, hoping that McSorley’s will open again.
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