An Indian restaurant and takeaway forced to shut after an infestation of rats has re-opened – with an apology to customers.
Pioneer restaurant and takeaway in Nelson Street, Dewsbury, was closed down by health inspectors over public health fears.
The premises were found to contain evidence of rats and Kirklees Council went to court to ensure they stayed closed until the infestation was gone and the restaurant was thoroughly cleaned.
The restaurant was closed for a week and passed an inspection on Wednesday allowing them to re-open.
In a statement posted on their own Facebook page, owners Mohammed and Zishan Shafiq, of Heckmondwike, issued a full apology.
They said it was the first time in 30 years they had had a rat problem.
In the statement they said they would “like to apologise to all our customers and thank them for their continued support.
“In regards to the rat infestation; we had a pest control contract and a cleaning programme in place and, due to poor management, these were not adhered to appropriately.
“A matter like this is taken very seriously as we have been in business for many years, and this is the first time in over 30 years that a rat infestation has occurred.”
The couple said they had worked closely with Kirklees Council’s environmental health officers to ensure appropriate hygiene and food standards were met.
The statement added: “In light of these circumstances, a change in management has occurred to ensure events like this do not re-occur, as situations like this can have a damaging effect on any business.
“We, as a business, have worked very hard over the years to manage this restaurant and takeaway whilst maintaining a good standard of food and hygiene but, most importantly, happy customers.”
A hearing at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court in Huddersfield was told rat droppings were found in the basement, main kitchen and food storage and preparation areas.