are you sure this was closed by the Department of Health? The city posts all of it's inspections, violations, and closings on the nyc.gov website? and i can't find an inspection or a violation for this restaurant?
is it possible that the whole building was closed by HPD (Housing & Preservation Department) for a structural reason? considering the fact that the building is quite old, and there is residences above the restaurant?
you'd think if they failed a Health Inspection it would be on the nyc.gov website, just like every other health inspection, right?