The owner of a west Hull bar has vowed to reopen after being handed a zero food hygiene rating.
The Boathouse in Newland Avenue closed suddenly two weeks ago under mysterious circumstances and this week a zero rating has been published.
The bar and restaurant has been beset by problems in the past and suddenly closed early in the New Year.
But the premises were taken over by Jordan Gow, 24, and Chloe Poole, 27, who reopened The Boathouse last month having spent weeks renovating the interior and toilets, as well as stocking the bar with fresh ingredients for cocktails.
They had spent time renovating the building in order to create a new feel for the restaurant but Mr Gow has now explained why they had to suddenly close.
But Mr Gow accepts they may have underestimated the amount of work needed. He said: “We had taken the property on an unbelievably poor state and we are working with environmental health to bring the property up to a five rating in the coming weeks.
“We are carrying out refurbishments and we will be departing from the Boathouse name as we believe there is too much animosity around prior owners.
“We will be delivering an outstanding English menu with a focus on offering a home style Sunday lunch all week and by delivery.”
The Boathouse hit the headlines in January 2019 after former employees claimed they were not being paid by the previous owner, but the current owners are not connected with the past owners in any way.
Mr Gow hopes to open once more as soon as possible but admits it could be a few weeks away yet.
He said: “We have given a timeline of a few weeks so hopefully mid-June or so. However, we are committed to not opening until we get a five rating from environmental health as we believe that we have a duty to provide the best service for our customers so the date will be pushed back if needed.”
Hull City Council environmental health inspectors visited The Boathouse on May 7 and found the premises in urgent need of improvement.
Principal environmental health inspector Paul Turner said: “We carried out an unannounced and routine visit to the Boathouse, during which the business owners agreed to undertake a voluntary closure due to conditions at the business being considered an ‘imminent risk to health’.
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“There are a number of issues which need urgent attention in order to meet the bare minimum standards necessary.
“In addition to working with the business to help them address the serious issues found, we will be happy to support and advise them on the best way to build up to a higher score.
“Any business which receives a food hygiene rating below a five (very good) can now make an application for a re-score inspection at any time if they feel they have made sufficient improvements.”
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