The recent closure of the kitchen in Harrigans Public House on Main Street by the Food Safety Authority had nothing to do with the quality of food being served, the Leinster Leader can reveal.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland closed the kitchen and associated areas on Thursday May 29 last after a visit from the Health Inspector revealed that the kitchen ceiling and the hall was not painted in heat resistant paint.
“We were closed at 6.30pm on the Thursday and back open for business by 4pm the following day,” said manager Kieran Gallagher.
“The Health Inspector came in and gave out about our kitchen ceiling and the hall not being painted with heat resistant paint.
“One hot tap had also been turned off because it was too hot.
“We were closed at 6.30pm and back fully operational by the next day. It had 100 percent nothing to do with the quality of our food.”
According to the manager, if the FSAI had an issue with the quality of the food served, the kitchen would have been closed for a lot longer.
“We would not have been allowed to trade the next day,” he added.
“We were closed for maintenance purposes. The issues were rectified as soon as they were brought to our attention and they re-opened us the following day. If it was food related they would not have let us open the next day. We have had such bad publicity from it but it had nothing to do with the quality of our food.”
The kitchen was re-opened by the FSAI on Friday May 30, the following day, once all areas in the report had been addressed.