Menya Yamashita, a Japanese ramen restaurant located at San Hong Street in Sheung Shui, has long been disturbed by parallel traders and smugglers due to its close proximity to numerous drugstores and supermarkets nearby. The restaurant’s Facebook Page published a post on the night of 14 February, complaining that various government departments have been inspecting the store in the past two months due to complaints received.
The restaurant told Passion Times that all such complaints are in fact from one anonymous person, this was revealed to the shopkeeper by the inspection personnel from various departments. Namely, the Fire Department received complaints that the shop’s fire exits have been blocked; the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservative Department received information that there exists a case of animal cruelty at the store’s address; and the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department received complaints that the store is selling fresh oysters without proper authorisation and that their food is unclean due to cockroaches in the shop. There were even complaints for their food even when the store was closed for the day.
The restaurant believes that all these complaints started from a plate of fried oysters. There was one customer who ordered a plate of fried oysters but complained that the food tasted strange. Servers and chefs of the restaurants tried the food and believed it was fine. The shop agreed to give the customer fried shrimp instead, but the customer was still dissatisfied, and then the complaints ensued.
The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department suggested to the restaurant to relocate, but high rents have made it extremely difficult. They are currently looking to relocate and would welcome any suggestions or referrals.
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