THE owners of four restaurants in a Dublin city centre complex, which were closed by a health inspector last month, banded together to bring them back up to code.
Four restaurants, all next door to each other in the Moore Street Mall on Moore Street, were closed in one swoop by the HSE, it emerged yesterday.
The eateries were located between unit one and unit four of the mall complex and all were served with closure orders on October 6.
The restaurants included Netedo's (Royal Tasty World), Spicy Bite, Lasani and Oriental Pantry Food Express.
But Casim Amer, manager of the Lebanese restaurant Lasani, told the Herald that after the health inspector visited the premises, the owners got together to upgrade the stalls.
"There was a problem with the water boilers and there was one cockroach found.
"We don't want people to fall ill. We closed three to four weeks, we called in the pest control and we called in a plumber, painter and cleaners," he said.
Mr Amer said that the owner of all the premises got together to ensure that they were compliant with the inspector's wishes.
"We called in the health inspector and were given certificates to reopen. The inspector was very happy with the work," he added.
Mr Amer said that while the restaurants were closed, they lose customers, but it was good to make sure that the work was done.
"We had to do it, it was very good," he said.
African restaurant Netedo's (Royal Tasty World), is run by Stella Esemuede with the help of her daughter Eucharia and they also explained that the issues had been resolved.
"It was mainly a problem with the water, everything has been solved now, there is no problem," Ms Esemuede said.
The restaurants were closed down under European laws surrounding the control of foodstuffs.
Lifting orders were issued simultaneously to the restaurants on October 24 and the restaurants have been open since then. There were 16 enforcement orders last month.