- Southern Hospitality went through a health inspection on July 14, 2015. (Actually a re-inspection for an earlier visit that resulted in a total of 23 violation points.)
- New York City health inspectors found "evidence of mice or live mice present in the facility's food and/or non-food areas," and said to have "harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist."
- Also, "food contact surface [was] not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred," and that there's a "non-food surface improperly constructed" and "unacceptable material used."
- The restaurant was deemed "critical" and given a "grade pending" mark (meaning it has a second chance to retain its A grade), and is still currently open for business
- In 2013, Southern Hospitality was downgraded to a B after an inspection
- In 2009, a former female employee filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the restaurant, claiming she was "bullied" and "degraded" by male colleagues, including owner Eytan Sugarman (he's the one in the middle of the picture). The suit was settled out of court last year.
- And in 2008, the restaurant was sued by staff for allegedly not paying overtime and withholding tips
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