Southern Brooklyn

Marmaris, What The Heck Is With All The Trees?


Notice anything weird about this photo of Marmaris, at 3081 Emmons Avenue, taken on Wednesday afternoon? No? Let’s look at one of the other doors.

Hmm. Another tree in front a door. Very strange. What’s going on here? Perhaps we should take a peek behind one of the trees. Maybe there’s a hot wood nymph or something…

Oh! Bam! Look at that!

Nope, no wood nymphs here. Just some flamboyant yellow notices from the Department of Health declaring the place closed for health reasons. You know the notices, right? The ones that say “No person shall violate, obstruct, tear down or remove any notice of the Department or Board unless authorized to do so.” Those signs.

Well, good thing we have a nosy tipster to catch it for us. Otherwise we may never have known that the Department of Health closed down Marmaris on Monday, June 27, after finding a whopping 82 violations. According to the department’s website, they had a number of critical sanitation violations (marked in red):

Sanitary Violations
1) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
2) Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations.
3) Food, food preparation area, food storage area, area used by employees or patrons, contaminated by sewage or liquid waste.
4) Live roaches present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
5) Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewage-associated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies.
6) Hand washing facility not provided in or near food preparation area and toilet room. Hot and cold running water at adequate pressure to enable cleanliness of employees not provided at facility. Soap and an acceptable hand-drying device not provided.
7) Tobacco use, eating, or drinking from open container in food preparation, food storage or dishwashing area observed.
8) Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
9) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
10) Plumbing not properly installed or maintained; anti-siphonage or backflow prevention device not provided where required; equipment or floor not properly drained; sewage disposal system in disrepair or not functioning properly.

Well, the Department of Health has been wrong before, right? I mean, back in February 2010 we discovered that a series of bungled inspections within just a couple of days caused Marmaris’ competitor (now shuttered) Halikarnas to lose business. Of course, that was several inspections within just a couple of days by various inspectors who didn’t talk to each other, and Halikarnas was not even open for business when they received violations.

Maybe that’s what happened here. Or not. According to the DOH website, Marmaris’ last visit was more than a year ago, again racking up an astounding 82 points for a number of similar violations, including not having a food protection certificate. So, in a year, they failed to get even the most basic of requirements satisfied. Yowzers.

We got word that Marmaris was open for business by Wednesday night, so we checked in with the DOH to ensure compliance. According to a department spokesperson, Marmaris “was given verbal authorization to re-open [Wednesday] after they passed inspection and complied with requests made at a re-opening meeting.” And the DOH website shows that the business reduced their violations from 82 down to just two – for an improperly constructed non-food contact surface.

That’s good news. We don’t intend to hurt a local business, and we really hope this means a turnaround for the restaurant. To that end, for those brave readers, check out this Groupon that came out today for… Marmaris! You just couldn’t ask for timing like this.


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  1. This place is always busy when I pass it.  Is it any good? I did not try it as of yet.

  2. These restaurant owners spend a fortune on fancy decor but refuse to invest in some good sanitation and pest control. What a disgrace! They deserve every bit of bad press.

  3. When the other restaurant Halikarnis got the shut down order from the doh, they did the same thing.  They acquired all these trees and blocked the sign so nobody would see it.  Marmaris and Halikarnis were partners at one time, Marmaris got pissed off with the Halikarnis guy and opened up right next door. 

  4. I dont think that I would like to try it at this point.  Funny, after a restaurant gets closed down by the dept of health for filth violations, even if they are allowed to re-open, I just cannot bring myself to eat there again. 

  5. When Halikarnas was shut down, the sign in the window was perfectly visible – at least it was when I went by and took a photo of it. Perhaps they did that at another time, but, if I remember correctly, it had only been shut down for a day or two.

  6. When I ate there with my mother and sister I was completely unimpressed with their fare. I’d much rather go to Memo’s Shishkabab on Kings Highway and East 19th. The Quality of their food is a good thousand times better.

  7. Anyone ever have a whammy at Sammy’s (on Christie St.)? I passed the hole in the ground a million times but never at night when it seems to open.

  8. I think that the doh came  by and moved the trees and told them that they could not block the signs.  I know that they were uncovered at some point. 

  9. Went there last year for an engagement party, food was eh. Have had better Mediterranean style food.

  10. Same place, same owners new many Turkish
    Speaking people do we see sitting at the tables eating?
    None…a small palce up the road ob emmons is muxh better
    Sorry forgot the name, but has a blue awning, starts with a d. I
    Dont put much faith in inspections, many old nasty places
    Have connections and a good grade, yet filth in kitchen area
    Yes..i look!!! Hubbie is in the biz!!!

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  12. What’s up haters. U all in fact closed down this place. Marmaris closed down in feb 2012. I personally worked there from day 1. Food was always fresh I can stand for it. And u all smart asses try to maintain restaurant in brooklyn without any moscitoes flying around specially with outside cafe. Congrats u all. The places is closed now. I personally hate Brooklyn with all my heart now. U all guys are miserable.go enjoy sushi or food from memo and Sahara . Cheap shit is cheap for reason.

  13. I opened this place. We didn’t spend any money on decor. Lots of stuff was hand made btw. I personally did like half of them. The food was always fresh. If u deisagree u must be from different planet

  14. good, go back to Kazakhstan if you hate brooklyn.  don’t bash people just because at 2 years of age and with a head on your shoulder’s (i think so anyway), you couldn’t do any better than working at some stupid restaurant?  give me a break Anastassya,  i always wondered what kept you working there  Maybe it’s sleeping with someone both you and i know?  HA?  come on now.  If closing of a Brooklyn restaurant leads you to hate brooklyn, then you are definitely from a different planet.  Well, come to think of it – you are!  i mean, Kazakhstan, is quite removed, isn’t it?  Grow up, move on, get a real job, or maybe upgrade your education first, while you are still young – if you plan on continuing to live in the USA that is.  Oh, i get it, cash for an illegal resident trumped everything, and that’s why you took and kept that “job”.   End of fact list.!

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