2007_04_graydonmice.jpgIt's the convergence of restaurant hot spot and restaurant hot topic: The Waverly Inn meets health inspection - and fails! The NY Times looks at the recent health inspection woes of Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter's noshery, finding that the Department of Health found a number of issues during a March 28 inspection. Hmm, perhaps picking up on the mice-alert-at-the-Waverly that Eater wrote about in February? Here's what the DOH found:

1.) "Choking first aid" poster not posted."Alcohol and Pregnancy" Warning sign not posted. "Wash hands" sign not posted at hand wash facility. Resuscitation equipment: exhaled air resuscitation masks(adult & pediatric), latex gloves, sign not posted. Inspection report sign not posted.
2.) Accurate thermometer not provided in refrigerated or hot holding equipment.
3.) Toilet facility not maintained and provided with toilet paper, waste receptacle and self-closing door.
4.) Food contact surface not properly maintained.
5.) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to vermin exist.
6.) Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored.
7.) Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.
8.) Hand washing facility not provided in or near food preparation area and toilet room. Hot and cold running water at adequate pressure not provided at facility. Soap and an acceptable hand-drying device not provided.
9.) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.

The latest inspection, which took placed on Thursday, which gave the Waverly Inn passing marks is not online yet. Carter assured the Times that there were many signs now, "I think this is probably part of the game, the kind of thing that all restaurants have to go through. They don’t have health inspections at magazine offices. They probably should.” And he spoke of ways the Waverly would be branching out: A Waverly cat, perhaps, and maybe even a children's book. Above all, Carter expressed an appreciation for health inspectors: “I like clean food and that sort of thing.”

However, what probably won't be seen are regular people without connections.