The bakery at 129 Eldridge St. scored 65 violation points during an inspection July 2.
Panade Puffs & Pastries has been closed since last week, when city health inspectors issued seven violations, four of them ranked “critical.” The paperwork noted issues such as roaches and food-storage temperatures. The tiny neighborhood joint, which is owned and run by sole proprietor Yvette Ho, has received good grades in three previous inspections this year. We spoke with Ho at her place a little while ago, where she chalked up most of the problems to refrigeration challenges brought on by the hot weather and the bureaucratic red tape that underlies the city’s restaurant grading system.
“It’s an unfortunate reality of the business, but restaurant owners are at the mercy of inspectors,” said Ho, who has operated the bakery and cafe since 2007.
She was waiting for a reinspection this afternoon, and planning to reopen tomorrow morning if authorities gave her the green light.
[UPDATE, JULY 10] Panade has reopened following a reinspection on July 8 that cited only 4 violation points.