By Al Jones

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — The owner of an East Village restaurant denies a report in the New York Post that his restaurant was open for business despite being ordered to shut down by the Health Department over violations.

A neighbor complained Fu Sushi on Avenue B was serving food over the weekend even after it failed three straight health inspections. The inspection reports revealed problems with roaches, mice and generally unsanitary conditions.

Manager Sam Chung told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones that he and his employees were “cleaning up.”

1010 WINS’ Al Jones Speaks With Manager Sam Chung

“All we’re doing is wiping and re-wiping and re-wiping,” he said.

Chung denied the neighbor’s complaint the store was open for business over the weekend despite the violations.

“The door was open while I was…doing some renovating work,” he said.

When asked by Jones if his restaurant was selling any sushi at the time, Chung replied “no sir.”

Chung said he has been doing plenty of cleaning and painting along with hiring someone to install a hand sink.

“The Health Department…came by and they said it was fine,” Chung said. “And we’re just waiting for them to tell us what’s going on.”

Despite the three consecutive failed inspections, Chung hopes the fourth time will be the charm.

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