Antalya Turkish Kitchen in Blackburn improves hygiene rating after major renovation

A takeaway which continued to be marketed after a van crashed into the store front and subsequently received zero stars in its hygiene rating has seen a major refurbishment and an improvement in its hygiene score .

Antalya Turkish Cuisine in Hurstwood Avenue, Blackburn, received the Food Standards Agency’s lowest score in September last year.

A further inspection was carried out in December and the premises were rated one out of five stars, a slight improvement from the zero rating, but still not good enough to be considered acceptable.

However, following a complete refurbishment of the store’s interior and exterior, the establishment was re-inspected in May and now holds a four-star, or “good” rating, which owner Omar Dusary , said he was “ecstatic”.

The interior of the store after a van crashed in front of it

Mr Dusary said: “I am delighted with all the recent comments regarding our new rating and the refurbishment we have managed to do inside and outside the takeaway.

“The new signage, both inside and out, makes the food stand out and shows our customers the amazing food we have for sale.

“Our fresh and healthy foods are loved by many and this has allowed us to excel further with the new ratings we have received.

“The new changes include entree as well as enhancements to our brand new Turkish menu and more competitive pricing with the rest of the city.”

On September 9 last year, four days before the Food Standards Agency was due to make its first visit, a van crashed into the store and caused structural damage to the front of the property, including the glass walls and windows, which led to electricity in the awning. suspended.

Despite this, the business continued to operate and was still open at the time of the inspector’s visit a few days later when they found holes in the structure, and rats had been spotted as the holes had given access to parasites.

The take-out has also been the subject of planning permission controversy in recent months as it operated as a food business without approval from council planners.

Lancashire Telegraph: what the store looked like before it was refurbishedWhat the store looked like before its renovation

But in September last year, the owners applied to regularize its status by seeking permission to turn it from a ‘vacant and dilapidated’ former youth center into a food business, and in March it obtained a retrospective building permit.

A statement in support from the Urban Future Planning Consultancy Ltd had told council planners: ‘Consent was granted in 2004 for the change of use of the Hurstwood Avenue property from a retail unit to a center for young people.

“Following the closure of the youth center, the property remained vacant and dilapidated for a considerable time.

“The applicant has undertaken extensive renovations to create a high quality and highly regarded Turkish cuisine food delivery service.

“The introduction of the business is seen as having made effective use of the long-vacant property, created an active evening frontage and created additional employment, including for a chef, cashier, cleaner and cleaners. delivery drivers.”

Antalya Turkish Cuisine now has a new showcase and has been renovated inside.

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