Video of the mouse scurrying across the bakery's floor surfaced yesterday. The Department of Health didn't waste much time responding: Gothamist reports that by 3 p.m. Friday, the bakery was closed, with a Department of Health notice attached to its front door.
"The establishment was closed by the Department because of a severe mouse infestation that requires professional pest control services," a Department of Health spokesperson told Gothamist.
Dominique Ansel released a statement about the closure. From Eater NY:
Due to the video that was released, the health department used it as evidence to ask us to re-cement and closed down the bakery for extermination. As a small one-shop bakery, we often feel like we're being looked at under a tremendous microscope. A lot of time people don't see the larger ramifications of their actions and how a tiny video of a mouse running across the screen for 3 seconds can cause harm and damages to an honest, small business that people's livelihood depends on. We of course believe that we run a clean and good operation, but see that we were targeted and will rise to the occasion to be even better.
Chef says we will be doing everything that was asked of us, and hope to reopen on Monday. And he's saddened for our customers who had plans this weekend that we weren't able to welcome them. Our team will be here in person to speak to customers live.