Just months after opening, New York City’s first Chick-fil-A, closed its doors for five days after an inspection on December 24, in which the restaurant received 59 violation points. In a previous, ungraded inspection the same restaurant received 39 violation points, according to Gothamist.
Five critical violations were found, including food being held at improper temperatures, food not cooled by an approved method, and the presence of filth flies. In response to these and other violations, Chick-fil-A voluntarily closed its doors from December 30, to reopen for breakfast on January 4. A sign on the door reads, “To ensure we continue to provide our guests with the best possible service and experience, we are closing for a few days.”
As Chick-fil-A was not forced to close its doors by the Department of Health, Gothamist speculates, “[I]t appears that management of some kind felt a self-imposed reboot was necessary.”