King Street Restaurant Owner Fined For Filth

And forced to clean up his act by environmental health officers

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The owner of a filthy King Street restaurant has been fined and forced to clean up it's act.

Ahmad Ahmadi, the proprietor of Mahdi Persian restaurant pleaded guilty to four serious breaches of food safety legislation at West London Magistrates Court.

Ahmadi was fined £1,200 and ordered to pay costs of £1,810 to the council.

During an inspection of the restaurant in October last year, environmental health officers from Hammersmith & Fulham Council found the kitchen was filthy – the floor, walls and shelves were encrusted with dirt and bits of food were on the floor, and behind a large white chiller cabinet.

There were several large holes in the kitchen wall, the floor of the pot washing area was bare concrete and in a poor condition, and staff had no hand-wash at the washbasin or any way to dry their hands.

The restaurant closed voluntarily until it was thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, and stayed shut for several days.

The court heard that it was not the first time Ahmadi had been warned about the unhygienic state of the kitchen and restaurant, and that a string of problems dated back to November 2005.

November 6, 2008