The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has released its findings from an inspection on February 7 that led to the restaurant’s closure.

Roti Roll, the popular late-night restaurant located on Amsterdam Avenue, has closed by order of New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The closure follows an inspection on Tuesday, February 7, which resulted in multiple violations issued against the restaurant.

A notice posted on Roti Roll’s door Wednesday informed customers of the closure, and the detailed results of the inspection later became public on the NYC Department of Health’s website.

The sanitary violations issued against Roti Roll include: “Live roaches in [the] facility,” filth flies or flies associated with food/refuse/sewage (FRSA flies), and “evidence of rats or live rats” in the restaurant. There was also a Food Protection Certificate violation for a manager or supervisor who did not hold proper certification. The full list of violations can be found in the report.

The Department of Health issued similar violations against Roti Roll during an inspection on April 20, 2022, but the restaurant did not close at that time.

Roti Roll’s timeline for reopening remains unclear. This is a developing story.


Roti Roll later reopened on Thursday, February 9 after this article was published.

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