Updated 10/25, 13:35 a.m.
Health officials shuttered Uni Cafe, an eatery at Broadway and 115th Street, on Wednesday morning.
A Department of Health and Mental Hygiene spokesperson said Thursday that it was closed because of a clogged toilet.
"A toilet was clogged and was backing up onto the kitchen floor and leaking through the ceiling down into the basement prep area," DOH spokesperson Levi Fishman said in an email.
A cashier, who only gave her surname as Lee, said on Wednesday that a customer was to blame.
“Because of our bathroom … some customer put paper towel inside the toilet. The pipe was clogged,” the cashier said. “But right before plumber came to fix it, [the] inspection came here.”
She said that a plumber was currently fixing the toilet and that the deli hoped to reopen by Thursday or Friday.
The most recent report from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, completed on May 31, gave the café 33 violation points, citing the presence of rats, inadequate refrigeration, and problems with pipe and drainage systems.
Any score above a 28 is given a C grade.
Lee expressed frustration at customers who use the bathroom irresponsibly and said “it’s not our fault.”
Located directly across Broadway from Lerner Hall, Uni Cafe has a convenient location but poor reviews. On Yelp, reviewers lament inedible slices of pizza. This year’s orientation issue of the Spectator jokingly advised students to “avoid Uni Cafe like the plague.”