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Top eaterie is shut for a day in safety order

ONE of Dublin's most upmarket restaurants was hit with a closure order by the food safety watchdog last month.

The Town Bar and Grill on Kildare Street, a regular celebrity haunt, was shut for a day after the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) found it in breach of regulations.

It came as a separate kebab shop in south Dublin was closed for two days after two dead cockroaches were discovered under a fridge.


The HSE, acting on behalf on the FSAI, ordered the closure of 10 restaurants and food outlets – six of them in Dublin.

These included the Kebabish Original on Richmond Street South, Bu Ali Tandoori on Clanbrassil Street Lower, and the Village Inn pub in Finglas, as well as Mirchi restaurant in Malahide and Rico's in Richmond Street.

Four prohibition orders were also served, including one for Star Asia, a grocery store on Moore Street.

The Town Bar and Grill did not comment when contacted by the Herald and the reason for the closure was not outlined in the FSAI's monthly statement issued yesterday.

However, a spokesman for the agency said closure orders were only issued where "it is deemed that there is or there is likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health".

The exclusive restaurant, which counts senators and TDs among its customers, re-opened on February 8 after addressing the issues raised.


Meanwhile, Kebabish Original said the cockroaches were found during a HSE visit.

Manager Tanveer Ahmad added: "The cockroaches were under the fridge. I called in specialists who sprayed the area and laid down gel. Nothing else was found and we opened up two days later."

A staff member at Mirchi said it had been closed because a food delivery had been mistakenly left outside the restaurant before it opened for business.