A “plumbing issue” forced chef Dylan McGrath to close one of his restaurants on a Friday night last month.
Fade Street Social in central Dublin was shut for 24 hours under a closure order issued by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.
“It was due to a plumbing and drainage issue. We got it solved straight away and were back open the next day,” said Billy Creaney, sales and marketing manager at Prime Steak Limited.
The company runs Fade Street Social and another Dylan McGrath establishment nearby — Rustic Stone, on South George’s St.
Mr Creaney said they thought a third party company had taken care of the problem.
“It had nothing to do with food preparation or the kitchen,” he stressed.
He said the establishment was closed because the situation was considered to be unsafe by inspectors who made an unannounced visit on July 15.
The closure order served under the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) Act was lifted the following day.
The FSAI did not publish the reason for the temporary closure — it is prohibited from doing so.
Under the FSAI Act 1998, a closure order is only served if there is likely to be “a grave and immediate danger to public health at or in the premises” or where an improvement order has not been acted on.
The restaurant published an apology on its website that read: “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.”
Fade Street Social was one of five food businesses given food closure orders under the act last month.
The Jolly Roger public house on Sherkin Island, Co Cork, was one of seven businesses served with closure under the control of foodstuffs regulations last month. The restaurant posted a message on its Facebook page explaining that they had closed their kitchen temporarily as building work behind the kitchen was interfering with the safe delivery of food to customers.
“We should be operating again in the near future. The pub will continue to serve beer and craic as normal in the meantime,” the message read.
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