clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Boston Temporarily Shuts Down Salt Bae’s Brand New Steakhouse

Plus, Sarma is now serving weekend breakfast, and more news

If you buy something from an Eater link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics policy.

Salt Bae doing his signature salt-dashing move over a sliced steak
Salt Bae Salt Bae-ing at Nusr-et Steakhouse in New York
Jean Schwarzwalder/Eater

Welcome back to AM Intel, a round-up of mini news bites to kick off the day.

Salt Bae’s New Steakhouse Is in Hot Water

Nusret Gökçe — the Turkish butcher, restaurateur, and internet meme better known as Salt Bae — opened a Boston branch of his steakhouse, Nusr-et, on September 18 (100 Arlington St., Back Bay). On Saturday, September 26, Boston shut down the restaurant in order to address a number of alleged violations. Both the Licensing Board and Inspectional Services Department are on the case, with allegations involving “the ongoing and repeated failure to adhere to COVID-19 public safety standards,” not to mention opening without a health permit and having two blocked fire exits. Nusr-et management will attend a virtual hearing with the Licensing Board on September 29. (The ISD issues have already been addressed.)

Footage of opening weekend posted to social media and a variety of complaints to the city’s 311 service paint an alleged picture of overcrowding, poor social distancing, and lax mask-wearing on the part of employees and customers.

It’s a shaky start for a restaurant group that has also run into trouble at several of its other United States locations: Gökçe has allegedly left a trail of labor violations in his wake, reportedly paying a $230,000 out-of-court settlement to several former New York staffers. (Gökçe did ultimately win a lawsuit brought by servers from the Miami location, alleging illegal tip pooling and other violations.)

Gökçe has also stirred up controversy for posting a photo of himself dressed as Fidel Castro and for posting about feeding Venezuelan authoritarian leader Nicolás Maduro.

When Nusr-et reopens, it will resume indoor dining as well as takeout and delivery, for those who want to drop $600 on a gold leaf-wrapped steak dinner in the privacy of their own home.

In Other News...

Got a news tip for the Eater Boston team? Email boston@eater.com.

Sarma

249 Pearl Street, , MA 02145 (617) 764-4464 Visit Website

Blackbird Doughnuts

175 Cambridge Street, , MA 02114 Visit Website

Nusr-et Boston

100 Arlington St., Boston, MA 02116 Visit Website

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Eater Boston newsletter

Sign up for our newsletter.