Sunday 19 January 2020

Plumbing issue forces Dylan McGrath restaurant to close its doors

12 Irish food companies ordered to close over health concerns

Dylan McGrath. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Dylan McGrath. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tomás Heneghan & Michael Cogley

A drainage issue forced popular Dylan McGrath owned restaurant Fade Street Social to close its doors to the public for a day last month.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) issued a closure order on the Dublin restaurant following a drainage issue, however the matter was quickly resolved.

Speaking to, a spokesman for Fade Street Social said: “It was unfortunate. We put it up on our website straight away to apologise to customers. We were back open straight away the next day.”

He explained the problem was rectified “immediately” and the restaurant remains open now.

He added: “We were back open the following morning straight away. It was a drainage issue that we had to get sorted pretty quickly.”

The restaurant’s website still carries the message from last month, saying: “We would like to apologise to all our customers for last Friday 15th July.

“We had a plumbing issue that had to be fixed and we had no alternative but to close on Friday night. Sorry. Hope this didn’t cause too much inconvenience.

“The good news is this issue has now been fully resolved and we look forward to seeing you soon.”

Fade Street Social. Photo: Dave Meehan.
Fade Street Social. Photo: Dave Meehan.

Fade Street Social was one of 12 venues ordered to close in July, with one prohibition order issued to a Waterford restaurant.

Closure orders were issued against four restaurants last month, along with three take-away businesses.

A butcher in Longford and a wholesaler in Donegal were also issued with closure orders and Cork pub was forced to stop its food production, handling and storage due to the FSAI order.

Chief Executive of the FSAI, Dr Pamela Byrne stressed the need for consumers to be confident “as all times” in the food they’re buying.

She explained: “There are simply no excuses for putting consumers’ health at risk through sub-standard food hygiene practices.

“The summer months are busy months for food businesses and systems must be put in place to cope with the increase in customers.

“We are re-emphasising to all food businesses that they must comply with food safety and hygiene laws at all times.

“It is essential that all food businesses have the appropriate food safety management systems and procedures in place and that all staff are fully trained to ensure these systems and procedures are adhered to all times.”

The Food Safety Association of Ireland issued five closure orders under the FSAI Act 1998 to the following:

·         Blueberries “Pop Up” (restaurant), No. 13 Lower Cork Street, Mitchelstown, Cork

·         Fade Street Social (restaurant), 4-6 Fade Street, Dublin 2

·         The Spice House (restaurant), 2 Church Street, Cavan

·         Nite Star (take away), Main Street, Glenties, Donegal

·         Majas Virtue (food stall), Trading at Farmleigh Estate, Phoenix Park, Castleknock, Dublin 15

Closure orders under the FSAI act are issued where there is likely to be grave or immediate danger to public health at or in the premises or where an improvement order is not complied with.

The authority issued a further seven orders under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on the following:

·         Chen’s Chinese Take Away, Parnell Street, Mountmellick, Laois

·         Cashel Take Away Foodstall, Cashel, Achill, Mayo

·         The Jolly Roger (public house) (closed activity - food production, handling and storage), Sherkin Island, Skibbereen, Cork

·         Sandyford House (restaurant) (closed area: kitchen and food service areas only),

Sandyford Village, Sandyford, Dublin 18

·         Azeem Meat and Grocery (butcher), 2 Pound Street, Edgeworthstown, Longford

·         Lucky Dragon (take away), 70 Fassaugh Avenue, Cabra, Dublin 7

·         Craigs Fresh (wholesale), Drumnabratty, Raphoe, Donegal

Elsewhere the authority served one prohibition order under the EC Regulations 2010 to Kearney's Restaurant, Main Street, Tallow, Waterford.

Finally the HSE carried out a successful prosecution on the Dragon Inn Chinese Take Away (now under new ownership), at 109 Newport Terrace, Barrack Street, Waterford.

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