Upscale Lagos, patisserie and restaurant Chocolat Royale reopened earlier this month, a month after it was sensationally shut down for using expired food products, some of which had been expired for up to 11 years!
News of the restaurants unsanitary habits brought about wide spread condemnation from the public and praise for the National Food & Drug Admin, who have now given approval for the restaurant to reopen. Chocolate Royale’s chairman is Mr. Amin Moussalli (pictured) he also owns Cool FM, Nigeria Info, Wazobia FM stations & Cool TV.
In an interview with Encomium Magazine the GM of the restaurant, Mr. Elie Yahchouchy which has three branches located at Etim Inyang, Victoria Island, The Palms Shopping Mall & Lekki Phase 1 said they have now learnt their lesson. He also alluded to the fact that NAFDAC was aware they were using expired products.
|Photos from NAFDAC raid on Chocolat Royale|
When asked what happened, he said
NAFDAC raised some issues and obviously they couldn’t carry on with the investigations without closing Chocolat Royale. So, we allowed them to do their work which led to a resolution of the matter after they realized it wasn’t really what they were told. We couldn’t have disposed the said items without the authority of NAFDAC.
He also added,
We’ve definitely learnt our lessons. We now do double checks. Yes, it’s true that some of our customers would be naturally psychologically affected by the development, but Chocolat Royale still stands by its equality and integrity.