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Leading Dublin eaterie hit with enforcement order

Town Bar and Grill popular with celebrities

Aideen Sheehan

Published 06/03/2014 | 13:01

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The Town Bar and Grill on Kildare St, Dublin

POPULAR Dublin eaterie, the Town Bar and Grill was among 14 food businesses served with enforcement orders by health inspectors last month.

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The Town Bar and Grill on Kildare St received a Closure Order on February 7th because of food safety concerns, though this was lifted the next day when the problems were rectified.

The restaurant was a frequent haunt of celebrities over the past decade including Bono, Bruce Springsteen and Gerry Ryan. It had a change of ownership three years ago after getting into financial difficulty.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland published details of 14 food business which received enforcement orders last month, with 10 receiving closure orders, and four receiving prohibition orders.

Closure orders are issued when there is deemed likely to be a “grave and immediate danger to public health at or in the premises”, or when it has failed to comply with an improvement notice in time.

Other premises which received closure orders last month included Santori Indian restaurant, Chapel Lane, Tuam, Galway; Bei Jing House restaurant, College Rd, Mountbellew, Galway; Kebabish Original, Richmond St, Dublin 2 and Mirchi restaurant, Townyard Lane, Malahide, Co Dublin.

All these were allowed reopen within days, as were Rico’s restaurant on Richmond St, Dublin 2 and Bu Ali Tandorri, Clanbrassil St Lr, Dublin 2.

Daybreak grocery store in The Square, Ferns, Co Wexford received a closure order applying to its delicatessen area on February 6th which was lifted the next day, while The Village Inn pub, Church St, Finglas, Dublin 1 received a closure order on February 4th applying to its first-floor kitchen and ground-floor ice machine that was  lifted within days.

Limerick Foodstore, 17 Davis St, Limerick received a closure order applying its first floor on February 25th.

Prohibition orders banning the sale of certain products because of a potential risk to human health were also issued to four food businesses.

Real Brazil meat business at 3 Sliabh Carrow, Ennis Road, Gort, Co Galway received a prohibition order banning the sale of products in its chill and freezer at the rear of the premises on February 7th. The order was lifted on February 24th.

The Real Brazil unit at The Grove, Crowe St, Gort also had a prohibition order issued applying to specific consignments of meat on February 7th, though this was lifted within a month.

Fitzgeralds Butchers, Main St, Ballylanders, Limerick had a prohibition order applied to Fitzgerald’s homemade sausages on February 5th, but this was lifted earlier this week.

Star Asia Grocer store on Dublin’s Moore St, had a prohibition order imposed on large quantities of its rice and flour  on February 5th.

The number of food businesses being served with closure orders has risen steeply over the last few years.

Commenting on the continued high rate of closure orders, Food Safety Authority of Ireland chief executive Prof Alan Reilly said that it was not acceptable for any food business to put their customers’ health at risk.

“Each closure order undermines consumer confidence in food safety which not only affects the food business involved, but the industry as a whole”, he said.

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