Make (safe) food not war; SoHo restaurant boom closed by health department

Boom, a SoHo restaurant and music venue, was forced to close down on Friday after New York City health inspectors found evidence of live roaches, flies and plumbing problems. reports the restaurant, which has been open for more than 20 years, racked up 38 health violation points.

The restaurant plans to re-open on Wednesday, manager Marchi Palloni said Tuesday evening.

"Everything is fine now. We just need to make sure that everything is under Health Department laws," he said.

The restaurant, whose slogan is "make food not war," received two other poor health ratings this summer. On Aug. 22, health inspectors found roaches, flies, evidence of rats and "inadequate personal cleanliness." The restaurant received 52 points then.

Several Yelp reviewers described Boom as a hot spot for live music, dancing and people watching, but not dining.

"Come here for the eye candy … not the food," one reviewer wrote.