Salt Bae’s Restaurant Shut Down Over COVID-19 Violations Amid Viral Twerking Video

Salt Bae’s Restaurant Shut Down Over COVID-19 Violations Amid Viral Twerking Video

Nusret Gökçe, also known as “Salt Bae,” who rose to fame following a viral video showing the chef sprinkling salt over freshly cut steak, is now facing some business issues after his Boston restaurant was shut down for violating COVID-19 safety guidelines.

The Boston Globe reports that Salt Bae’s restaurant, Nusr-Et Boston, was ordered to shut down on Sept. 26. The owner is expected to face the city’s licensing board when officials hold an inspection hearing on Tuesday.

The shutdown comes just days after the Sept. 18 opening Nusr-Et Boston. Officials revealed that the city has received multiple complaints regarding the restaurant’s failure to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines.

On the day of the grand opening of Nusr-Et Boston, a customer claimed that many people, including employees, were not wearing masks at the restaurant on the city’s website.


“Many tables were only 3ft apart and people were standing around the bar area without masks on,” one individual wrote. “When we arrived, there was no one near the host stand, but by the time we left around 9 p.m., there were 20-30 people standing around the host stand taking selfies and socializing without masks on.”

On Monday, “Salt Bae” began trending on Twitter, however, it wasn’t about his restaurant. Most of the tweets were focused on a new viral TikTok video that left some viewers concerned. In the video, Salt Bae appears to be filming a woman twerking in his restaurant.

Warning: The below video does contain not safe for work language.