Health Department Shutters Congee Bowery

Congee Bowery at 207 Bowery was ordered closed on Monday.

Seven health department violations, five of them critical, caused inspectors to order the Congee Bowery to close this week.

Authorities visited the popular Chinese eatery on Jan. 9 and issued it 55 points. Violations included improper holding temperatures for both hot and cold food items, evidence of mice and roaches, and unsanitary food surfaces.

Monday’s closure was a follow-up inspection to a Dec. 27 visit by inspectors, in which Congee Bowery drew 50 points. City records show the 7-year-old restaurant has received more than 50 points on four inspections dating back to March 2011, with several follow-ups with good scores in between.