Salt Bae’s restaurant apologizes after coronavirus closure

The restaurant was ordered closed Sunday because officials said it posed an “imminent threat to public health and public safety resulting from the ongoing and repeated failure to adhere to COVID-19 public safety standards."

Nusret Gokce, also known as Salt Bae.

BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer for a Boston steakhouse opened by the chef and social media star known as Salt Bae apologized Tuesday after the restaurant was shut down for violating coronavirus safety rules.

Dennis Quilty, a lawyer for the Nusr-Et Boston restaurant, told officials on the city License Board that restaurant operators are “very apologetic” and want to “work cooperatively” with the board, police department and other officials, NBC Boston reported.

The restaurant opened by the Turkish restaurateur, whose real name is Nusret Gökçe, was ordered closed Sunday because officials said it posed an “imminent threat to public health and public safety resulting from the ongoing and repeated failure to adhere to COVID-19 public safety standards.”

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Officials said inspectors who visited the restaurant found violations including a “long line of patrons and failure to socially distance.”

The restaurant’s lawyer said a plan will be submitted to the licensing board and hopefully to the neighborhood association.


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