Chuck E. Cheese has a cute mouse for a mascot — and lots of dirty mice in the kitchen.
The fast-food restaurant and arcade, housed on the third-floor of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Terminal Mall, was shut down last week by the city’s Department of Health after inspectors found — oh, the irony — mouse droppings throughout the kitchen.
Make that a lot of mouse droppings.
“Approximately 30 mice droppings on paper goods storage shelf near kitchen entrance,” read the June 8 inspection report, a copy of which was obtained by The Brooklyn Papers.
“Approximately 10-20 mice droppings on shelf floor of rear exit. Evidence of mice or live mouse present in facility’s food and non-food areas … Approximately 60-70 mouse droppings on floor in electrical closet in kitchen.”
In all, the restaurant and video-game palace racked up 81 violations — and was shuttered rather hastily, customers said.
“I went to order lunch, but the staff told me the kitchen was closed,” said Park Slope mom Deborah Majerovitz, who was at the arcade with son, Benjy.
“This seemed weird because the salad bar and drinks were still open. I figured they were just giving themselves a break, so about a half-hour later, I went back. This time, the staffer pointed to the yellow ‘Closed’ signs plastered along the windows.”
Majerovitz said Cheese employees hurriedly shut down the arcade games and began carrying black trash bags out of the kitchen.
“That’s when I got out of there,” she said, adding that she’s not such a big fan of Charles Edward Cheese.
“The noise is deafening, the food is awful, and the place is only marginally clean, but it can provide several hours of bliss for the kids on a rainy day.”
The health department re-inspected the restaurant this week and cleared it to re-open.
“We did have some violations, but we have corrected them,” said Brenda Holloway, a spokeswoman for the Irving, Texas-based chain. “These violations are not common at our centers.”
Holloway said the Atlantic Terminal Chuck E. Cheese will receive more-frequent visits from its pest-control company, Eco-Lab.
She said the site is “one of our largest [revenue] producers.”
The 521-store chain raised the ire of some Park Slopers last year for showing military recruiting videos in its arcade.