Original cronut bakery shut down because of mouse infestation

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The original home of the cronut, pictured here, has been shut down by the NYC Health Department because of a “severe mouse infestation.” (Photo: Getty)

NEW YORK (PIX11) — A sweet SoHo bakery received a sour notice Friday.

The NYC home of the now-famous cronut has been shut down because of a mouse problem, health officials said.

“The establishment was closed by the Department because of a severe mouse infestation that requires professional pest control services,” the New York City Health Department said of Dominique Ansel.

The Spring Street bakery is known widely as the home of the cronut – a croissant-doughnut hybrid that made culinary waves when it was unveiled in May 2013 and has inspired imitation across the country.

It was all apparently sparked by a YouTube video posted Thursday that shows what appears to be a tiny mouse scurrying out from under a bakery rack at the SoHo spot.

In a statement, the bakery called the finding “sensationalized.”

“We had a customer who took a video of one mouse that ran across the bakery floor and sent it as a tip to journalists. After an entire night of deep cleaning (and not finding any mice) we were visited by not one, but 4 health department inspector (sic) today,” the bakery said.

A bakery spokeswoman noted that any hole larger than a ballpoint pen is “considered potential for ‘mouse infestation,'” and said they’ve been ordered to re-cement and exterminate.

“Most bakeries would’ve been given a second inspection and would not have been shut down for this. … We will of course do everything that was required of us from the DOH, and rise out of this to be pristine for our customers,” the bakery said.

A health official said the bakery can request a reopening inspection once they can “certify that the infestation has been remedied.” The eatery hopes to reopen by mid-day Monday, April 7.

The closure comes a day after a Midtown Dunkin Donuts was shut down after a customer posted online video of a rodent crawling over pastries.