Health Department Closes Birdbath for Sandwich Crimes


We were surprised to discover (via the Health Department’s website) that the Seventh Avenue South location of the hyperconscientious Birdbath Bakery was closed after a Tuesday inspection. It reopened today. Inspection results indicate that the bake shop racked up 83 points in part because it couldn’t present a Food Protection Certificate, there was evidence of mice, and food-contact surfaces weren’t properly sanitized. But an employee tells us that the main reason for the closure was that Birdbath had started transporting savory items (salads, pizzas, sandwiches) by rickshaw from City Bakery and didn’t have adequate refrigerators for keeping them at the Department’s required temperature of 41 degrees or below. For now, it’s back to scones and cookies.