Takeaway owner’s desperate plea after taking home £20 in one night

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A takeaway owner wants customers to give his business another chance after revealing that he took home just £20 in one night.

Oriental Cooking Studio had previously been given a “zero” hygiene rating by council inspectors with issues found related to food handling and safety.

Owner Gary Kwong said that, since the news of a zero rating was shared, his business has suffered.

But he says he has since turned things around at the Chinese takeaway, reports Plymouth Live.

He said: “The health inspector came. Everything’s fine. We are back to normal standard. Rating three.”

“I have a family to look after and then the mortgage,” he added.

The 56-year-old has been working at his takeaway in Keyham, Plymouth, since September 2019.

Before that, Mr Kwong said the building had been “empty and run down” for around a decade.

On February 9, food hygiene inspectors visited the takeaway and found it needed “urgent” improvements.

Oriental Cooking Studio was handed a zero food hygiene rating – the lowest an inspector can give.

The business was ordered to improve on all three areas inspected, including hygienic food handling, cleanliness of the building and food safety.

Mr Kwong has now paid for a reinspection and the takeaway was given a “satisfactory” rating of three on Monday, March 13, with the inspector finding that standards had improved.

But Mr Kwong has told how on Tuesday night, March 14, he took just £20 all night.

Documents show that Mr Kwong requested the reinspection and standards were found to have drastically improved from a zero to a “generally satisfactory” rating.

The rating is yet to be uploaded to the Plymouth City Council website and it is understood the new rating will be uploaded within the next few weeks.

The documents state that the area of business inspected, as well as the key points discussed, included the kitchen and allergen information.

It stated that “no further action” was needed from the business.

A note on the document states the inspector will request colleagues to “check on” the business before the next inspection, “in order to monitor for pests and general standards of cleaning to ensure standards do not slip”.

The ratings are handed out by the Food Standards Agency after an inspection is carried out locally, in Oreintal Cooking Studio’s case by Plymouth City Council.

The highest an establishment can score is five, while a rating of three is satisfactory – and below that are ratings of zero, one and two.

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