Health Department Closes El Castillo De Jagua on Grand Street
El Castillo, de Jagua, the Dominican restaurant at 521 Grand Street, was shuttered by the Department of Health yesterday. A yellow notice on the window this afternoon reads, “Closed by Order of the Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene.” There’s no indication of the closure on the Department of Health’s web site. Sometimes it takes a day or two for the online database to be updated. El Castillo has received “A” letter grades in previous inspections. The restaurant’s other location at 113 Rivington remains open.
It’s been a tough few weeks for restaurants at the eastern end of Grand Street. On July 25, the health Department closed Wing Hing, a Chinese takeout counter, at 511 Grand Street. The restaurant received 48 violation points
UPDATE 8/19 10:25 a.m. The Health Department has now posted the results of El Castillo’s August 17 inspection. The restaurant received 38 violation points. Among the issues noted in the report: “live roaches present… flies present… food not protected (from potential contamination sources)… facility not vermin proof.”
Editor’s note: El Castillo reopened on Aug. 21, 2012. See an update here.