Takeaway gets £12,000 makeover after scoring zero in a hygiene report
A TAKEAWAY has undergone a £12,000 refurbishment under a new owner — after it scored zero in a hygiene report last year.
The Bolton News last week revealed that former owner Darius Zabhi, aged 24, was fined after breaching hygiene regulations at Little Italy, at 333 Wigan Road.
Dirty equipment and filthy chillers, floors, sinks and a toilet were all found by council inspectors.
New business owners Vignesh Patel, aged 29, and wife Gayatri, aged 30, took over the restaurant in April, 2012 — a month after the hygiene report was made by a health inspector.
Mr Patel, who also owns the Little Italy in Blackburn Road, Astley Bridge, said: “We’ve had a lot of work done and made a lot of changes.The restaurant has been in a very clean condition since we took over and we’ve covered every area, from wall to ceiling.
“You can walk into the restaurant any time and it will be clean. The hygiene of our restaurant is our number one priority.”
Council inspectors visited the restaurant again in September last year giving the takeaway a three-star satisfactory rating.
Mr Patel, who first started working at Little Italy in 2003, says he organised a cleaning rota, separated the meat and vegetables and fixed plumbing at the restaurant. He also claimed to have received positive feedback from a Health and Hygiene Officer who visited the restaurant in May last year.
Little Italy’s trans-formation has been a group effort, according to Mr Patel, who paid tribute to his staff. He said: “They’ve been a great help in keeping the place clean on a daily basis and they are working extremely hard.”
Mrs Patel added: “Since everybody got used to our style, there has not been an issue any more. They are aware of what we want and where we want to go. Everybody is working hard, and the restaurant is back in shape.”
At Bolton Magistrates Court, Zabhi was ordered to pay Bolton Council's legal costs of £2,558 and was fined £5 for each of 27 offences breaching hygiene regulations, a total of £135. A council spokesman said: “We inspected Little Italy in September, 2012, and gave it a rating of 3, which is generally satisfactory.”