Only catering wing shut down, authorities say on Penang restaurant closure

The health department notice informing the public of the closure of Kapitan Catering.

GEORGE TOWN: An officer from the Penang health department today clarified reports that a popular restaurant on Chulia Street had been forced to shut down over hygiene issues, saying only the catering wing several doors away had been told to close.

The officer, who asked to remain anonymous, told FMT that the kitchen of the catering wing, which bears the same name as the restaurant, was ordered to close after being found in unsavoury condition.

“The catering kitchen is located just a few doors away from the restaurant.

“As far as we know, the restaurant is not affected by the closure and is allowed to operate as usual,” the officer said, adding that no problems had been found with the restaurant kitchen itself.

The cooking area of the Kapitan Catering kitchen.

It was reported that Restoran Kapitan had been forced to close after pictures of health department officers sealing up the outlet went viral on social media.

Inspectors were reportedly shocked to discover rat droppings and dead lizards in the food preparation and serving area.

The officer today said samples of food items in storage at the catering wing had been taken for analysis.

A dead lizard seen in the food preparation and serving area.

The officer also revealed that two other restaurants within the Little India area where Chulia Street is located have been ordered to cease operations for 14 days.

One of the restaurants serves nasi kandar while the other is an Indian restaurant along Market Street.

“We found these restaurants to be highly unsanitary and told them to clean up within 14 days or face the music,” the officer said.