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Chick-fil-A still closed after health inspection finds 'critical' violations

The fried chicken sandwich craze hit a major snag last week.
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UPDATE: The Herald SquareChick-fil-A is open again as of 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

EARLIER:NYC's first Chick-fil-Aremains closed after a damning inspectionby the Department of Health on Christmas Eve, and there's no definitive date for reopening.

"We do have a little more work to complete so we have made the decision to remain closed until we feel confident we are exceeding standards in all areas," according to a statement released by the restaurant on Monday morning.

A statement posted on its door after Chick-fil-A decided to close on Dec. 30 said breakfast would resume on Monday, Jan. 4, at 6:30 a.m.

RELATED: NYC's first Chick-fil-A has two kitchens to cater to your fried chicken needs

The DOH found 59 violations, with five critical issues including fruit flies, not adequatelyrefrigerating foodand improperly sanitizedwiping cloths.This was after a previous inspection also done last month found 39 violations.


The Midtown restaurant originally opened on Oct. 2 and is NYC's first full-service Chick-fil-A location. The closure was voluntary, which "has allowed us the time to make facility and procedural changes," the statement continued.

These changes include not just pest control and cleaningbut retraining staff, calling in a consultant to reinspect the restaurant,and making upgradesto the equipment and facilities.The massiverestaurant has two kitchens, one of them in the basement.

Godspeed, Chick-fil-A, for the sake of thefried chicken-crazed masses. For its part, Twitter seems willing to hate the game, not the player:


 

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