Three restaurants, including a popular briyani outlet along Chulia Street, shuttered for two weeks after health officials found the premises dirty.
Three nasi kandar eateries in Little India were ordered to close with immediate effect for failing to meet state Health Department hygiene and health standards.
An inspection led by Penang Health Director Dr Wan Mansor Hamzah on Thursday (July 12) found rat droppings or cockroach droppings in the premises.
Dirty refrigerators and in one restaurant, dirty plates were found piled up next to the dustbin.
It is understood that this is not the first time a famous briyani restaurant among the three has received a temporary closure notice due to cleanliness issues.
“Apart from the famous briyani restaurant, we also issued a closure notice to another restaurant that was once featured on the ‘Jalan-Jalan Cari Makan‘ (television) programme,” Mansor said.
He added that if the eateries manage to prove that their premises are clean within the two weeks, then they can be given permission to resume business ahead of time.
However, he said the closure can also be extended by an additional two weeks if they fail to meet the requirements.