Jewel Of India in the Canberra Centre food court is the latest food business to feel the wrath of the macho new Health Department, as local hospitality operators duck for cover – and their cleaning cloths – to avoid further closures. Paul Dugdale stated in the Canberra Times after the closure of high profile cafes Gus’ and My Cafe, that these problems are “common issues in commercial kitchens”, so Canberrans can expect to see more of their favourite food places shut as the inspectors continue their scrutiny. Meanwhile, a representative of one of Canberra’s largest hospitality suppliers has stated that sales of hygiene and cleaning products have almost doubled in the last few weeks.
It must be noted that Jewel of India in the Canberra Centre has no affiliation with the well known restaurants in Manuka and West Row that trade under the same name. Both companies were involved in a protracted legal battle over the name, which was settled after they agreed to allow each other to use it. In hindsight, this may have not been the wisest decision for the innocent party as his reputation may be tarnished due to this latest development.
UPDATE 29/03/12 15:31: Thanks to OzChick for the tip Blu Ginger on Genge Street has also been hit. UPDATE 31/05/12 16:18 The Owners of Blu Ginger have been in touch to let us know that they’ve addressed all the issues and are open again.
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