South Delhi’s Aquila Restaurant, which allegedly denied entry to a saree-clad woman, was served a notice by the SDMC for operating without a proper health trade licence and following unhygienic practices.
Arestaurant in Delhi, which was in the news recently for allegedly denying entry to a saree-clad woman, has been served a notice by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) for operating without a proper health trade licence and following unhygienic practices.
SDMC Mayor Mukesh Suryan said on Wednesday that a closure notice was issued to Aquila Restaurant, which is located at Ansal Plaza in Andrews Ganj, for operating without a valid licence.
The notice, issued on September 24, stated that the area public health inspector found during a check that the facility was running without a health trade licence. The health inspector also flagged unhygienic conditions and encroachment on public land.
“The public health inspector again inspected the site on September 24 and found that the trade is running under the same condition. You are directed to close the trade within 48 hours of the receipt of this notice failing which suitable action including sealing will be taken without assigning further notice,” the SDMC notice issued to the restaurant-owner said.
In his response, the owner said he has closed the restaurant. “I have closed down the above-said trade immediately and I shall not run the same trade without SDMC Trade Licence under the insanitary conditions from health point of view and create nuisance,” PTI quoted him as saying.
Controversy around the restaurant
A video went viral on social media last week where a woman claimed that she was allegedly denied entry to the restaurant for wearing a saree. She also called out the restaurant staff for their rude behaviour.
In its defence, the restaurant said it was a homegrown brand that believes in honouring the Indian community and always welcomed its guests in all dress codes from modern to traditional.
“A guest visited the restaurant and was politely requested to wait at the gate as there was no reservation under her name. However, while we discussed internally where we could seat them, the guest entered the restaurant and began to fight and abuse our staff. What unfolded after was beyond our imagination, with the guest slapping our manager,” the restaurant said in the statement.
The National Commission for Women (NCW) had also complained about the incident and asked the Delhi Police to launch a probe.