GEORGE TOWN: The famous Nasi Kandar Line Clear restaurant has been given the “all clear” to reopen after health officers declared themselves satisfied with the rigorous clean-up the restaurant recently underwent.
On Monday, health officers had closed down the restaurant after a surprise inspection.
As a token of thanks to its loyal customers, Line Clear will be serving free “sirap ais” from 4pm tomorrow.
Line Clear boss Sahubar Ali said health officers “unsealed” his shop at about 3pm today after a thorough inspection.
“Syukur kepada Allah dapat buka balik (Thank Allah we have been permitted to reopen),” he told reporters at the restaurant today.
A state health department notice pasted on the restaurant’s front on Monday showed that the restaurant was ordered to close for two weeks and to clean up in order to reopen.
It is learnt that federal and municipal health officers had found less than savoury items such as dead and live rats and cockroaches in the restaurant, located in the back lane off Jalan Penang.
Its competitor next door, Yasmin Restaurant, was also ordered to close after health officers found rat droppings on cans of drinks during the joint inspection conducted by the state health department and Penang Island City Council.
The popular and crowded Sup Hameed Restaurant down the road was also not spared.
Health department officers fined the owner RM1,000 for running a dirty kitchen. The local council also imposed a RM250 compound fine for not using a functioning grease trap and a RM90 fine for failing to have three of the workers vaccinated.