On Wednesday, New York’s health department closed a historical pub after receiving complaints about rat and other vermin activity from customers.
As of this week, one of the oldest establishments in Manhattan has been closed due to numerous health violations. McSorley’s Old Ale House, located on East 7th Street, is or rather was, one the city’s greatest tourist traps, operating around the clock since 1854.
According to several publications which covered the story, one of the reasons why the local health authorities were forced to take action against the historical pub’s owners is the pub’s mascot – a cat named Minnie the Second.
Back in 2010, a woman allegedly sued the locale after the pub’s mascot attacked her. However, even though the woman mounted quite a case against the 162-year old historic pub, the owners were more than reluctant to give up on their purring patron.
Still a year later, the city of New York passed down a law that forbid restaurants and diners to own a cat. Despite this newly-passed law, Minnie continued to entertain the historical pub’s guests.
As for the vermin issue, it would seem that the old Ale House isn’t the only one affected. According to the health authorities, the whole East Village area has vermin and rat issues. One possible explanation for this unusual spike in vermin activity, the health department explained, is the amount of construction taking place in the area.
Whatever the case maybe, it would seem that the pub’s guests will have to wait a while before they can cross the threshold of the famous historical pub. However, there’s also some good news.
In an interview with a local publication, a representative of New York’s Health Department declared that the decision is not immovable. Moreover, after all the issues are corrected, the representative added, the pub’s owner can request a re-opening inspection. The pub owner did not make any comments, so far.
The historic pub, which has been established in the 19th century currently houses various memorabilia, which goes all the way back to the beginning of the 20th century. The patrons who visit the establishment can see Houdini’s handcuffs, hanging from the bar’s rail, or the wishbones left behind the lads before going off to the Great War.
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