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Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club Closed For Food Safety Violations


The reopening of Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club has hit a speed bump. The 40/40 Club faces health-code violations relating to its food preparation and has been closed down, reports the New York Post.

According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene the 40/40 Club was closed on Thursday, January 19 after an inspection determined the upscale sports bar accumulated 69 violation points. Some of the “critical violations” noted include hot food items not held above 140 degrees, food workers using their bare hands to prepare food and insufficient refrigeration to keep food at a safe temperature.

“If you have a walk-in place with food like this, you put a hell of a lot of people at risk,” an anonymous source told the Post. “A night of dinner and dancing should not include the risk of contracting food-borne illness.”

The previous night was 40/40’s reopening, which showed off it’s $10 million renovation, offered invited guests Ace of Spades champagne and featured celebrity guests like Warren Buffet and Spike Lee in attendance.

After a failed safety inspection, restaurants are typically reinspected within a month and graded. Whoever is in charge of 40/40’s kitchen has plenty of work to do since an inspection score of 0 to 13 is an A, 14 to 27 points is a B, and 28 or more points is a C.

UPDATE: According to 40/40 Club rep Ron Berkowitz, a motor in one of the refrigerator’s failed before the health inspection was performed, reports TMZ. The 40/40 Club was allowed to reopen but is still pending a re-inspection to determine its score and grade.