Seen & Heard: Josephine Closed by the Department of Health

Josephine 12513••• Josephine has been closed by the Department of Health. The back story, best as I can tell: A disgruntled former employee alleged to a customer that one of the owners was knowingly serving food that had been touched by rats, and a rat-loathing resident of IPN took up the cause, reaching out to Community Board 1, which in turn contacted the Department of Health. Any info that comes from former employees must be treated with a hazmat suit, and yet the DOH must have found something it didn’t like. (The last DOH review, in June, gave it a B—just one point off an A—and cited inappropriate food storage temperatures, improper maintenance of food contact surfaces, and “Prohibited chemical used/stored. Open bait station used”). Let’s hope Josephine gets it sorted out fast.

••• Tablao is hosting flamenco night on Wednesdays, 7-10 p.m.

••• Anyone know what Espasso is doing in the perennial pop-up storefront at 64 N. Moore? I’ll try to remember to call later, in the off chance they’ve decided to give away wonderful things to anyone who walks in.

••• Jocelyn Yap emailed about “a holiday gift trunk show on Dec. 16 benefiting the Girl Rising cause for girls education in developing countries. On offer are designer lines at discounted prices—catering to Tribeca moms and friends—but open to all! Lots of exclusive lines—sorry, we were asked not to mention names—but can say Lele Sadoughi jewelry and a knitwear line produced by the Chanel factory in Scotland! It’s one day only and also sponsored by the Taymour Grahne Gallery.” See invite above for details.

••• Props to two local businesses—Terra and Maxwell’s—for doing the holiday decorations right! (Terra’s might be the best repurposing of a sidewalk shed ever.)


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  1. Oh, Erik, you obviously don’t remember the annual Bouley restaurant holiday extrava-orgasma of lights. They’re almost as good as the food, but not as neatly presented.

  2. Josephine was having other issues. I stopped by a few weekends ago during the morning and the cook had no showed for the third time that week according to a fellow employee.

  3. Geez. This Josephine story and the WTC wind story really put a bug up the butt of my favorite BPC anger blogger. Thanks for the extra entertainment!

  4. I’m sorry about Josephine’s and I hope they reopen soon!