Trump’s NYC Restaurants: Rodents, Roaches and Stomach-Churning Violations

Health inspections at Donald Trump’s restaurants from Manhattan to the Bronx have turned up numerous violations, from mice in the kitchen to filthy food prep areas.

NYC Department of Health inspectors who visited Trump Grill in Trump Tower on 5th Ave on July 11, 2018, found “evidence of mice or live mice” in and around the kitchen, a “critical” violation. The inspectors also found the restaurant’s conditions to be “conducive to attracting vermin” and “allowing vermin to exist.”

A Health Department spokesperson went on record as saying that just 22% of NYC’s food establishments have “mice-related violations.”

Trump Grill
Photo Credit: Trump Grill website

The inspectors also determined Trump Grill’s “food contact surfaces” were improperly maintained and that “non-food contact” stations had been built using “unacceptable” material that made them almost impossible to clean.

Inspectors found another “critical” health violation at the Trump Tower Bar on August 22, 2018, when they observed a food worker not using “proper utensils to eliminate bare hand contact” with raw foods. In prior inspections at the Trump Grill, NYC Department of Health inspectors found “filth flies” in 2017 and “live roaches” in 2014.

Trump, at least on paper, has not divested from his namesake Grill since becoming president, so he is still its chief executive. One former business associate said, “He has always been far more focused on creating an image for his properties than in spending what it takes to make them excellent.”

At Trump Golf Links in the Bronx on November 7, 2018, health inspectors found food contact surfaces at the club’s restaurant were not “properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use” or after “activity when contamination may have occurred.” They also discovered major problems with its sewage systems.

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