Greg's Bagels founder Greg Novik and current owner Tommy Hearn, photographed in February 2017. The popular Belvedere Square eatery was shut down by the health department following a Dec. 5 inspection.
Greg's Bagels founder Greg Novik and current owner Tommy Hearn, photographed in February 2017. The popular Belvedere Square eatery was shut down by the health department following a Dec. 5 inspection. (Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun)

Greg’s Bagels, a popular eatery in Belvedere Square, has been shut down by order of the city health department.

The eatery was closed after a Dec. 5 inspection found violations of several health department regulations. Those included food items not being stored or displayed under proper conditions, frozen food being thawed in hot standing water, knives being kept in standing water, mice droppings on shelves, a refrigerator not maintaining proper temperature and employees not washing their hands properly, according to a copy of the report filed by an inspector.

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The inspection, which was performed in reaction to a customer complaint, also revealed that the restaurant’s food license had expired last April 27, according to the report.

Before the restaurant can reopen, an inspector will have to verify that the violations noted in the report have been addressed. The report also says that the owner or a properly designated representative will have to attend a conference with health department officials.

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Calls to and messages left for Greg’s Bagels owner Thomas Hearn were not returned. Health Department officials would not comment beyond what was in the inspection report, but spokeswoman Mona Rock said they have yet to get a request from the restaurant asking for a re-inspection.

Greg’s Bagels has been a staple of Belvedere Square for more than 30 years. Hearn, a former employee of the store, took over its operation after original owner Greg Novik closed it in August 2016. Novik died in October 2017 of pancreatic cancer.

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