Cronuts bakery reopens after ‘severe mouse infestation’

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

SoHo (PIX11) – Dominique Ansel Bakery is open for business Tuesday after a mouse problem shuttered the home of the Cronut last week.

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.

The bakery reopened its doors at 8 a.m. Tuesday. And dozens of sweet-seekers waited in line starting at 5 a.m.

In honor of the bakery’s reopening, a special Cronut inspired by the comeback-film “Rocky” is being offered for one day only.  It will be black with a yellow golden star, released as a “symbol of our dedication and resilience,” according to the bakery.

It remains to be seen if the limited edition pastry can bring back the round-the-block lines after news of a mouse infestation spread last week.

RELATED: Original cronut bakery shut down because of mouse infestation

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.

“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 bakery claimed the finding was “sensationalized.”

“In the past year, we have woken up daily knowing that our success has made us vulnerable to more malicious attacks than any small, one-shop business should ever have to suffer,” the Cronut creators said in a statement Monday.  “Taking this opportunity, we have completely fortified our facilities with a full reconstruction and re-cementing, taking every issue seriously in an effort to provide an even more pristine environment for our guests.”

PIX11’s Samantha Tata contributed to this report.

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