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Jay-Z's 40/40 Club

Busted Fridge

Led to Health Code Violations

1/21/2012 5:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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It was merely a case of bad luck that led to Jay-Z's 40/40 Club racking up a slew of health code violations ... a rep for the club tells TMZ.

As we previously reported, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene cited the club big time Thursday night for a litany of violations ... which included several different instances of food being stored at improper temperatures.

But Ron Berkowitz, a rep for the club, tells TMZ the motor in one of the refrigerators blew just moments before the health inspector arrived ... causing the temperature in the fridge to rise. Berkowtiz says the staff identified the problem immediately and had no intention of serving the food from that fridge.

Berkowitz says the fridge was fixed by noon the next day and the club was permitted to re-open.

He adds ... the club lost no business as a result of the issue and their health code grade is currently pending review.

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PG    

The NY Post tells a complete different story. One is regarding a kitchen staffer mixing salsa with his bare hands. How much did JZ's reps pay you to post that version of the incident, Harvey?

984 days ago
2.

Superman    

A broken refrigerator motor doesn't explain the other health code violations!!...like keeping hot prepared food above 140F; sanitary practices, cleanliness, and protective clothing used by the workers.

984 days ago
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tifosi44    

Yeah, I really believe the "rep" about it just blew moments before the Inspection... Eat here at your own risk, and be prepared to puke your brains out afterwards. Disgusting!

984 days ago
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Phreaky    

It's way more than a busted fridge - they had over 50 violations, far more than just keeping food at the proper temperature.
They can try to spin it all they want.

984 days ago
5.

Truth    

OH MAN, HOW MANY EXCUSES DOES JAY-Z MAKE?? THE MOTOR "BLEW JUST MOMENTS BEFORE THE HEALTH INSPECTORS ARRIVED..." HAHAHAHAHAHA... YEA, RIIIIIIIIGHT!!!!! 99 BOTTLES AND THE CLUB AINT ONE... #TRUTH!!

984 days ago
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wisey    

You'd have to be a moron to buy into this explanation. In addition to replacing the fridge, Id find a rep who can do a better job at crafting BS.

984 days ago
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Mumra the Ever Living    

C'mon TMZ, tell it like it is. Fifty violations are not caused by a single refrigerator breaking "just minutes" before a random health inspection. Don't help them with their PR problem. Just report the facts as they are.
We all realize that you have to keep good relation with these "stars", but it doesn't mean you should cover up multiple health code violations.

984 days ago
8.

static    

What coincidence the fridge blew and Jay-Z's music blows.

984 days ago
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Emilio    

I've got 99 violations but the b* t c h aint one!!!....LMAO!!!

984 days ago
10.

Rob    

umm. I see two out of 60 plus infractions related to food and heat. And one is related to Hot food not being kept hot before serving.... Lies, Lies, and more Lies from Joay Z and his crew of felons! LOL Jay Z is a pig and so are all his friends.

984 days ago
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mebrat24    

tmz is just a place where the publicist can do there lies. They are no better than et online, et has been doing it for 30 years. I thought tmz was better than this. I was wrong

984 days ago
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Holdyourown11    

I was there Wednesday night and ate there appetizers and I was sick the whole next day until Friday morning. I'm almost positive I got food poisoning.

984 days ago
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joemac    

Lies I worked in the restaurant business for twenty years and we had plenty of power outages and the motors would shut down you have 12 hours to get the fridge working or the food is bad. That fridge would have been room temperature by the third or fourth time they opened it and they would have known it was not working. When we would lose power to the fridge we would not open them giving us the aforementioned 12 hours to do something which we would buy blocks of Ice and put them in there buying us another day or so. But you can only open the fridge to put the ice in not continue to open it and get stuff out the ice will not be effective then. I am sorry but you don't have a broken fridge and it is 60 degrees in moments this is just their way of using star struck TMZ staffers to put a spin on things. Nice try though but 100 percent of the American population has lost power a few times in their lives to know you keep the fridge closed when the power gos out.

984 days ago
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Eric W    

Horrible excuse. A commercial fridge temperature wouldn't rise that quickly if it just happened before the inspector got there, it had been down for a while. The Exec.Chef and the General Manager should be FIRED! An average health inspection should reveal maybe 4-5 deficiencies, and the food being stored at the wrong temp is the worst. These oversights are the kind that cause people to go to the hospital and the morgue,no joke.

984 days ago
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Gretel    

I truly hope that poor baby got it's looks from the other end of the gene pool because Jay-Z is just a roomful of ugly.

984 days ago
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