The iconic 60-year-old eatery King Yum resumed business on Tuesday after the city’s Health Department closed the restaurant for having roaches roaming around, contaminated meat and other violations.
The department closed the Fresh Meadows business on Sept. 25 for six “critical violations,” according to the inspection report. The report stated that a variety of vermin inhabited the business, located on Union Turnpike, including filth flies, flesh flies and cockroaches.
The Health Department will typically close a business for receiving a violation score of 28 or higher. King Yum received a 65.
On Monday, according to a King Yum worker, the department conducted another inspection and, finding it suitably sterile, allowed owner Robin Ng to open his business again.
Ng couldn’t be immediately reached for comment, but in a previous article by The Courier, Ng explained how his business has been able to stay open for 60 years.
It has been King Yum’s “good food, consistency and good value” that has kept the restaurant alive in the ever-changing food industry, he said.
“I grew up working here with my brother. We managed the place as teenagers. I did everything from washing dishes to peeling shrimp,” Ng said. “We’ve been here for 60 years. We must be doing something right.”