Yemeni Village Restaurant In Downtown Calgary To Shut Down: What Happened?

Downtown Calgary's Yemeni Village faces closure following multiple health violations cited by Alberta Health Services, including poor sanitation, improper food storage, and mold. The restaurant, located at 402 8 St. S.W., was ordered shut on May 7, with its food handling permit suspended on May 10. The closure comes after two customers tested positive for E. coli, prompting an inspection and subsequent enforcement action.
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Alberta Health Services Closes Yemeni Village Following Health Code Violations

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Alberta Health Services has recently issued an order to close down to a downtown Calgary eatery, owing to the laundry list of health violations. This decision has sparked a wave of outrage among the public, prompting the establishment to be put up for sale. The closure order was issued on May 7, and the food handling permit was subsequently suspended on May 10. A “For Sale” sign now hangs on the building, signaling a potential imminent closure.
The closure order listed a staggering 38 public health violations- ranging from sanitation and safety to the inability to verify product sources. Violations also included 10 frozen lamb heads stored in the chest freezer, multiple bags containing unlabeled lamb parts and missing tangible invoices for the products sourced. The eatery was also riddled with mold and mouse droppings, coupled with improper temperature control for food storage and a lack of hot water at handwashing sinks.
Health authorities have revealed that the reason behind the closure was a direct result of two customers testing positive for E. Coli after dining at Yemeni Village. This triggered an investigation, which then prompted AHS to take immediate action in order to protect public health.
Despite the “For Sale” sign hanging on the building, the restaurant has 14 days to reapply for a food handling permit, provided they address and rectify all 38 violations. This includes proving that all food is sourced from approved vendors and providing documentation of suppliers and invoices for meat products. Thorough cleaning and sanitization of food contact surfaces is also vital.
Anas Alsurmi, the owner of Yemeni Village, expressed frustration over the closure. He cited the challenges in maintaining compliance, especially due to staff turnover and difficulties in obtaining visas for specialized cooks. Now, amid multiple closures and compliance hearings, the restaurant may have to deal with permanent closure.
By Jenel Treza Albuquerque
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