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Angelo Petridis on cafe closures

By johnboy - 20 March 2012 25

This came through the contact form last night and we through was worth putting out there:

OK my place was closed last fri with no warning by mr Dr Dugdale chief health officer, who said “these are common issues in commercial kitchens.Its nothing out of the ordinary,these are common problems….and the cafe s would open in due course.” then goes on to say in other interviews that they were closed as a precaution to serious public health threats.

Well we’ve passed 10 salmonella swab tests and made good their requests for replacing some worn bench tops and tiles,and some general cleaning.

If they keep attacking decent popular high profile local establishments to make an example, at the expense of people’s jobs and reps without a critical health concern at hand is just wrong and only adds as a deterrent for those contemplating getting into this industry.

Angelo Petridis

proprietor My Cafe Manuka

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Angelo Petridis on cafe closures
Rangi 9:11 am 21 Mar 12

c_c said :

lol, maybe Angelo Petridis should learn to write and talk before getting all agro.

Angelo, maaaate, listen to me carefully, I saw your staff one morning coating your benchtops in insecticide. They sprayed the chopping surfaces, the food prep surfaces, where people’s food is made. It’s probably why your benchtops were stuffed, that stuff eats away at surfaces over time.

If you need to spray so much that I can smell it on the street outside, you’ve got problems.

Get your house in order. Like so many cafe owners you have a bad attitude, a Basil Fawlty complex even. You screwed up, wear it of get stuffed, because there’s plenty of cafes out there who don’t sink to your level.

It makes me laugh when people have a go at people learning to write, then they have a spelling mistake.

c_c 10:20 pm 20 Mar 12

lol, maybe Angelo Petridis should learn to write and talk before getting all agro.

Angelo, maaaate, listen to me carefully, I saw your staff one morning coating your benchtops in insecticide. They sprayed the chopping surfaces, the food prep surfaces, where people’s food is made. It’s probably why your benchtops were stuffed, that stuff eats away at surfaces over time.

If you need to spray so much that I can smell it on the street outside, you’ve got problems.

Get your house in order. Like so many cafe owners you have a bad attitude, a Basil Fawlty complex even. You screwed up, wear it of get stuffed, because there’s plenty of cafes out there who don’t sink to your level.

Pandy 8:10 pm 20 Mar 12

OK I dont go there often these days, but Angelo might like to tell us how often he is there, managing the place, rather than letting some fresh faced kid be in charge.

allyroger 8:04 pm 20 Mar 12

“Well we’ve passed 10 salmonella swab tests and made good their requests for replacing some worn bench tops and tiles,and some general cleaning.”

So basically it was fn fillthy

niknak 7:48 pm 20 Mar 12

Just as well health inspectors don’t close down establishments over crappy, disinterested service or the cafe would have been closed down years ago.

milkman 7:27 pm 20 Mar 12

Maybe if Mr Petridis got his house in order it wouldn’t be a problem. Frankly, I’m quite glad we have public officials who will shut down establishments who don’t make the grade.

Skidbladnir 7:07 pm 20 Mar 12

ThrowawayAccount said :

Here’s an idea – not sure how well it would work. Perhaps we should kit out the health inspectors with cameras / video cameras and publish the evidence of unsafe practiceses for the general public to see. Then there would be less chance of disputes or objections like this from the owner of the establishment..

So not only a Privacy Act nightmare, and terrifying to civil liberties advocates, but riddled with fallacies.
Based on this analysis, it sounds like something this Government would try.

ThrowawayAccount 6:50 pm 20 Mar 12

Here’s an idea – not sure how well it would work. Perhaps we should kit out the health inspectors with cameras / video cameras and publish the evidence of unsafe practiceses for the general public to see. Then there would be less chance of disputes or objections like this from the owner of the establishment..

youami 2:23 pm 20 Mar 12

I am pretty sure there was a “critical health concern” because ACT Health has not only closed his cafe but others recently (another three come to mind). I am sure it wouldn’t have been knee-jerk and would have been the last option to take following a breach in the kitchen. And in my opinion it is a shakeup to the industry that has been long coming. Even charity BBQs out front of hardware stores are subject to inspections so why not cafes? We have more cafes/restuarantes per head than any other capital city in Australia, that doesn’t make health concerns take a back seat and make owners complacent.

astrojax 1:50 pm 20 Mar 12

just mean, that mister doctor chief health officer, eh? why would you want to listen to such an ill-informed, irresponsible officious official like him? he’s only got a phd in medicine and an extensive publications list and work experience in epidemiology and public health and therefore can’t possibly make a reasoned decision to excersice powers that are also open to scrutiny by his government agency and the assembly, unlike your credentials. which are..?

perhaps he was just closing the establishment in protest at its name? after all, it’s your’s, not his…

Mysteryman 1:38 pm 20 Mar 12

“..decent popular high profile local establishments…”

Good to see that he hasn’t lost his sense of humour despite such extreme persecution.

Primal 1:34 pm 20 Mar 12

At the risk of injecting facts into the debate… is it public knowledge what specific reasons were given for shutting My Cafe down? The OP fails to detail what the “non-critical health concerns” were.

puggy 1:26 pm 20 Mar 12

Cheap said :

Who would have guessed that the cafe owner was greek?

Please elaborate…

Cheap 1:17 pm 20 Mar 12

Who would have guessed that the cafe owner was greek?

colourful sydney rac 1:07 pm 20 Mar 12

I am a little sus about this, I am sure that it would not have been closed own on a whim, there must have been something beyond ‘common issues in commercial kitchens’.

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