From the Times Ledger:
The steel gates outside the Douglaston Market have been shuttered for about a week now, and the mysterious departure of one of the area’s few fresh food markets has members of the community scratching their heads and speculating.
Neighboring businesses said the storefront, at 40-39 235th St., has been closed since June 1 with no word from owner Diego von Schmeling.
On April 19, the city Department of Health closed the market after an inspection yielded 78 violation points. Some of the critical violations included failure to store cold food items at the proper temperature, evidence of mice and inadequate hand-washing facilities, according to the DOH website.
Seven days later, the DOH reopened the store after the major violations were remedied. As of April 26, the establishment had six violation points with its inspection grade pending, says the department’s website.
The website also shows the market had a sanitary violation for improper plumbing. According to the city Department of Building’s website, the department received a complaint Saturday about after-hours construction taking place at the market, which has no work permits.
DOB has placed a stop-work order on the property, and the community has been left to speculate over what plans von Schmeling has for the establishment.