Chili's restaurant reopens after food safety violations

Popular Abu Dhabi eaterie says it has taken immediate action to rectify issues raised in inspection
By Andy Sambidge
Fri 03 Jun 2011 09:57 AM

An Abu Dhabi branch of the popular Chili's Restaurant chain, which was ordered to close over food safety violations, has reopened.

Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority said on Wednesday that it had closed the Hamdan Street branch of Chili's following an inspection.

Inspectors found the restaurant was violating several rules and regulations governing food safety, including overflowing sewage pipes in food preparation areas, it said.

The unhygienic conditions in the restaurant were so bad that the authority decided to immediately order its closure in the interest of public health and safety.

But in a message to customers on its Facebook page, a Chili's spokesperson said the restaurant had now reopened after taking action to remedy the problems.

"Chili’s Abu Dhabi branch located on Hamdan Street is pleased to inform its customers that it is open and ready to serve. 

"In compliance with the safety-related observations addressed to the restaurant by Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) on June 1, Chili’s continues to rise up with immediate actions taken overtime on all of the said safety concerns." 

It added that its rapid response to the closure showed that Chili's "takes public health and safety very seriously".  

It said the restaurant reopened on Thursday, the day after being closed.

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