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Cry Me A River! Justin Timberlake's High-End New York Restaurant Receives Health Department Downgrade

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Aug. 21 2013, Published 6:47 a.m. ET

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Joining the ranks of celebrity-owned restaurants who have received less than perfect Health Department grades is Justin Timberlake, is exclusively reporting.

The crooner's barbecue joint in New York City, Southern Hospitality, was slapped with a 'B' grade by the New York City Department of Health during a routine inspection on June 19, 2013.

Justin, 32, is a Co-Creator and Creative Consultant of the NYC restaurant, along with best friends Trace Ayala and Eytan Sugarman.

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Located in the Hell's Kitchen district of the city, the popular restaurant was docked 22 points by the Department for various violations, which they can challenge and successfully change to be issued a higher grade.

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As Radar exclusively reported earlier this month, the NYC restaurant owned by Lady Gaga's father, Joe Germanotta, had just received an 'A' grade from the health department — so guests at Joanne Trattoria were shocked to see rodents roaming around tables inside the eatery and in the patio area of the Central Park-adjacent establishment on the evening of July 31.

Also earning a deduction of points with the health department was one of Kitchen Nightmares favorite (favorite to hate) restaurant owners, Samy and Amy Bouzaglo of Amy's Baking Company in Arizona.

"Employees started shift and did not use kitchen hand wash sink to wash hands," a report of Amy's Baking Company read. "Dishwasher did not wash hands between washing dirty and clean dish ware."

During other visits to the Bouzaglos venue, investigators found, "tuna and meat sauce beyond discard dates," "several food cases and containers and on floor," "pizza cutter stored in standing water at 105F" and the "dish machine not sanitizing on final rinse."

But Radar is happy to report that Eva Longoria's restaurant Beso, Robert De Niro's Ago and Nobu restaurants, Ryan Gosling's Tagine restaurant and Rose McGowan's Dominick's restaurant…all in Los Angeles, received 'A' grades in their most recent inspections.


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