The iconic South Mumbai eatery Bademiya was shut down by officials of Maharashtra's Food and Drugs Administration (FDA). The FDA officials raided the eatery after hygiene-related complaints emerged.
The officials reportedly found rats and cockroaches in the kitchen. It was also found that the eatery did not have a license under the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India.
The eatery, which has been around for 76 years, has branches in South Mumbai and Bandra. Bademiya's owner was given a stop business notice. Established in 1946, the eatery started as a makeshift seekh kebab counter.
An FDA official said that shutting down the eatery was necessary in the interest of public health. The iconic eatery, which is also a tourist attraction, hadn't renewed its licence since the Covid-19 lockdown. The owner has reportedly said they were willing to comply with the authorities. He also said that, with regards to the hygiene menace, they would be careful in serving food to the public.
The eatery started by Mohammed Yaseen served as a late-night snack option for naval officers living at Apollo Bundar.