Health Dept Shuts Hell’s Kitchen Bar

Flaming Saddles, the popular Hell’s Kitchen country gay bar, was shut down this week by the NYC Health Department.

The hot spot — which features shirtless bartenders who two-step on the bar, as well as serving dishes like “Frito Pie” — was letting hot food get cold, had improper plumbing, and had a food preparation counter that was “improperly constructed,” the inspection report said.  Inspectors also found “filth flies” in the bar, food that was “contaminated” and “cross-contaminated,” and that the kitchen’s supervisor didn’t have proper food protection certification. It racked up a total of 61 violation points, according to the inspection.