AceShowbiz - Despite circulating reports, %cJustin Timberlake%'s New York BBQ restaurant Southern Hospitality is "clean." Us Weekly previously reported the restaurant was in danger of being downgraded from A to B rating after health inspectors discovered "mice or live mice present in facility's food and/or non-food area."
A spokesperson for Southern Hospitality denies the report, telling Daily Mail that the eatery's A hygiene rating "speaks for itself." The spokeperson explains, "Despite reports to the contrary, Southern Hospitality's A rating speaks volumes for the restaurant's cleanliness."
The Southern-style BBQ restaurant was previously rumored to be "not vermin proof." Us Weekly said the eatery had "harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist" and "food contact surface [was] not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred."
The site further claimed that there was a "non-food surface improperly constructed" with "unacceptable material used" in the restaurant. There was also "non-food contact surface or equipment [that is] improperly maintained and/or not properly sealed, raised spaced, or movable to allow for cleaning on all sides, above and underneath the unit."
The inspection was allegedly held on July 14 with the final grade still pending. It was said to be a re-inspection after initial probe in February found it earned a total of 23 violation points.
Us Weekly has since removed the article.