On Wednesday night, January 18th, Jay-Z relaunched his New York City 40/40 nightclub. It was a lavish and star studded event featuring the likes of Spike Lee, Swizz Beatz, Fabolous, Alex Rodriguez, and Selita Ebanks. Even Warren Buffet showed up and threw up the Roc for the cameras. Who would have guessed the night following the club’s $10 million relaunch it would be shut down due to a slew health code violations?
Health Department sources say an investigator found several instances of hot storage at improper temperatures, as well as hot food left out on the counter and a refrigerator kept at 60 degrees instead of the required 41 degrees. The club scored 69 violation points according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website. So what does that mean? Well, a score of 28 or higher gets you a C grade on your health inspection.
“Meanwhile, there were five pounds of cooked mash potatoes sitting at 89 degrees, 10 pounds of cooked rice and 50 turkey burgers sitting at 67 degrees. To meet health codes, the food should have been at 40 degrees.” ~thecelebritycafe.com
Ron Berkowitz, a rep for the 40/40 Club, told TMZ the motor in one of their refrigerators blew moments before the inspection, the problem was identified, and there was no inattention of selling food from that fridge. This fridge “was holding a slew of perishable meats including 50 pounds of raw chicken wings, 5 pounds of raw shrimp and 100 turkey burger patties.”
The fridge is said to have been fixed the next day and the club was permitted to re-open. That sounds like a nice story but “worker seen mixing salsa with his bare hands” has nothing to do with a fridge. Neither does this: “Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared.” Hopefully this isn’t the case at Jay-Z’s other restaurant which was supposed to be “green” cause they could kill someone with that food.
Looks like Mr. I’m Not A Business-Man, I’m A Business Man has some straightening out to do. While his violations don’t sound as bad as Flavor Flav claims his own restaurant had the Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club in New York was also in the news in the past for not using union workers for the renovations that necessitated the relaunch. The New York City District Council of Carpenters blew up a giant rat outside the club, claiming the workers inside the club didn’t meet area labor standards and were being paid below the standard wage limit.