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Midtown Chick-fil-A Delays Reopening To Correct Health Violations

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- Chick-fil-A is delaying the reopening of its first stand-alone New York City location after being cited for a number of health violations.

The chain known for its fried chicken sandwiches and waffle fries says it voluntarily closed the Midtown restaurant last week so it could correct the issues -- primarily "the presence of fruit flies.''

A sign posted on the door said the restaurant was closed for "restaurant maintenance and facility updates,'' and that it would reopen at 6:30 a.m. Monday. But in a statement Monday, Chick-fil-A said there was "a little more work to be done'' and would remain closed until it feels everything "exceeds standards.''

The Department of Health told CBS2 the fast food joint was cited for nine critical issues during a Christmas Eve inspection. Other violations included failure to properly refrigerate food, the facility not being "vermin proof," cleaning cloths not being properly sanitized and food not being properly protected from contamination.

The Chick-fil-A location opened on Sixth Avenue near 37th Street in early October.

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