Well, that was quick. The Oval Cafe just barely opened and it already has a Sanitary Inspection Grade, passing with a flying "A"! But let's get to specifics (critical violations are in red):
1) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
2) Plumbing not properly installed or maintained; anti-siphonage or backflow prevention device not provided where required; equipment or floor not properly drained; sewage disposal system in disrepair or not functioning properly.
Wait till they start frying chicken fingers and heating up that pizza!
BTW, those of you who are believe in omens should note that the inspection was carried out on Friday the 13th.
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Meanwhile, you will be pleased to learn that the cafe is selling La Colombe Torrefaction. This brew, despite the snotty hipster name, is apparently not good enough for the Director of Resident Programing in Stuy Town and the genius behind the cafe, who chooses to go to Starbucks for her morning coffee. So that's not much of recommendation, is it?
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Here are some new rules for you at the cafe. The one I found of interest is that you can't seat your ass down in one of the patio chairs unless you have made a purchase from Oval Cafe. (Some tenants were wondering if this was an all-resident, non-purchasing tenant area. You gotta be kidding me!) Also, keep your damn pets (dogs, cats and monkeys) outside the cafe!
The TA Facebook page (which is really jumping these days!) notes that there's a Help Wanted on Craig's List for Oval Cafe staff. Here's the text:
Come join the American Leisure team at the NEW Oval Café in Stuy Town! We are seeking experienced café employees! Please send us your resume AS AN ATTACHMENT. We are seeking experienced, energetic and professional team members with a background in café service, to join the Oval Cafe team for ALL positions including the following: Baristas, Counter Service, Kitchen Prep Team. American Leisure offers a professional work environment with paid vacation and benefits program. Oval Café offers great coffee, grab and go, mercantile, ice cream and many more counter focused service items.
Okay, but where's the experienced staff who will know how to make a peanut butter & jelly sandwich?!
Curious that we learned from Town & Village that another company was going to be running the Oval Cafe. But now it's our familiar friends, American Leisure. Donations of salt shakers, toothpicks and toilet paper gratefully accepted. See Radu.