A recent crackdown on public-toilet violations in Brooklyn restaurants prompted this passionate essay from Brooklyn Papers editor Gersh Kuntzman.
Mr. Kuntzman is pissed because a fine levied against his beloved Roma Pizza on Seventh Avenue convinced the proprietor to take immediate action–and eliminate a bunch of seats.
Roma now has only 16 seats–and the bathroom remains behind the counter. The result? I still have to ask the counterman to let me go into the kitchen to use the can–and now I can never find a seat at my neighborhood pizzeria!
Despite Mr. Kuntzman’s stated displeasure at having to “eat a slice standing up, like Tony Manero,” Roma’s owner sees a bright side:
And then they go home and type an angry rant against the Health Department. That ought to make the next inspection go much smoother.
– Chris Shott