The Sindh Food Authority has closed the kitchen and suspended food operations of Koel Café in Karachi over unhygienic conditions, along with an imposed fine of Rs345,000 on Koel Café, The Valley, and Newbury Café. The cafes issued “improvement lists” as well.
Koel Café owner Rasikh Ismail appreciated the work of the SFA. “This restaurant has been there for 14 years, we’ve never had any issues like that,” he said. “All the pointers I’ve heard are pretty relevant, so me and my partners, we felt that it is great that we have these pointers and that we should work on them and we will absolutely get that done.”
Officials found several concerns at the three restaurants, SFA Deputy Director Shahzeb Sheikh told a local news channel. The list cited poor hygiene in kitchens and freezers, a lack of drainage, and substandard and expired raw materials.
Ismail has over 35 years’ experience in the restaurant business serving as the operations director for TGI Fridays and managed outlets in over 20 countries. He has also held key managerial positions at Tony Romas, Pizza Hut, and Burger King.