WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, NY — A Washington Heights deli was closed by the health department last week after it got more than three times the violation points required to shut a restaurant down, records show.

La Catrina Deli and Restaurant on Amsterdam Avenue received 97 violation points during an inspection by the Department of Heath and Mental Hygiene on March 2, records show. Any inspection with 28 or more violation points requires the department close a business.

Inspectors visiting La Catrina found that there were live roaches in the facility's food or non-food areas, records show.

They also discovered that food was not protected from potential sources of contamination and that the facility was not vermin-proof. The eatery also received violation points for not having a proper hand washing facility near the food preparation area and bathroom and for not refrigerating food at the right temperature, according to the inspection.

A call to the restaurant on Thursday went unanswered.

La Catrina, found between West 163rd and 164th streets, advertises itself as a comfort food restaurant for small plates and quick bites.

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