The General at 199 Bowery Shuttered by the DOH

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It's temporary. Photo: Dominic Perri

Hung Huynh’s fine-dining spot the General inside the glitzy but embattled restaurant-nightclub-multiplex at 199 Bowery was shut down yesterday by the Health Department over "permitting issues," Bowery Boogie reports. Inspectors visited twice this week, and records indicate yesterday’s follow-up returned 29 violation points, or the equivalent of a C grade, which may seem serious but is not sufficient to close the establishment. What gives?

It's temporary. Photo: Dominic Perri

Proprietors Mark Birnbaum and Eugene Remm of the EMM Restaurant Group have become regular speakers at Community Board 3 meetings in the last few months, following several complaints from neighbors and a lawsuit filed by two condo residents who live above the restaurant. Yesterday’s closure is the latest sign of trouble at the property, but it’s clearly not the General’s last stand — in fact, reopening may just be a matter of paperwork.

Bowery Boogie suggests that the shutter occurred because the restaurant’s kitchen did not have valid operational permits in place, and this morning, a representative from EMM confirmed a "permitting issue" led to the restaurant’s closure. "We expect to resolve this as soon as possible," they add.

Breaking: The General Shuttered by DOH Yesterday [Updated] [Bowery Boogie]
Earlier: EMM Group’s Finale Denied Liquor-License Alteration