Bar Applicants: Comfort Diner and a Venue TBD for Shalom Chai

(UPDATED 6/17) Follow-up: After Legal Battle, Shalom Chai Closes; Auction Tomorrow

Follow-up: Shalom Chai Remains Open, Owes $86K, Goes to Court

Seward Park Co-op Moves to Evict Kosher Pizzeria; Owner Vows to Stay

Shalom Chai at 357 Grand St., the last sit-down kosher restaurant on the LES, may be locked out on Wednesday.

Shalom Chai Reopens After Followup Inspection

Shalom Chai Pizza, 357 Grand St.

Shalom Chai Pizza, 357 Grand St.

Shalom Chai, the kosher pizza restaurant at 357 Grand St., has finally reopened.  The business was closed March 8, following a failed Department of Health inspection.  At a re-inspection on Monday, Shalom Chai received 9 violation points, down from 61 points and has now been listed in the city’s online database with a “grade pending” designation.  This means inspectors will be back sometime in the next few weeks. In the April 22 inspection, there was still “evidence of mice” and that the restaurant was cited for “not (being) vermin proof.”

Health Department Shutters Pho Grand, Shalom Chai Looks to Reopen

Pho Grand, 277 Grand St. Photo by Robert K. Chin.

Pho Grand, 277 Grand St. Photo by Robert K. Chin.

Bad news for fans of Pho Grand, the Vietnamese restaurant at 277 Grand St.  The Health Department closed the business last Thursday after an inspection racked up 60 violation points. The report posted online indicates the presence of live roaches in food handling areas, hot and cold foods kept at the wrong temperature and food not kept from sources of contamination.  Pho Grand recorded only 10 violation points in its most recent inspection and has had good scores in the last couple of years.