Suspended eatery re-opens with free food
The crowds have returned to Chinese restaurant Hotpot Culture, which was suspended last month after a dead rat was found in a vegetable dish.
The restaurant held an open house yesterday, giving free food to customers.
When The Straits Times visited the restaurant at Marina Square during lunchtime, all 33 tables were occupied by customers and there was a queue of about 40 people waiting to eat at the restaurant.
"I am surprised that there's a good crowd," said owner Lim Choon Kok, 58. "I feel that the public has given us a chance to move on."
The restaurant on the fourth storey of Marina Square Shopping Mall had its licence suspended by the authorities on Jan 9.
It was allowed to operate again on Tuesday after the latest inspection by the National Environment Agency found no signs of rat activity.