The king of the Chinese buffet is closing its doors for renovation. . . and come back better than ever
The family behind a shameful Chinese buffet for its poor food hygiene has pledged to turn it into a great dining experience again.
The Beijing banquet will close from Monday for five days for an overhaul.
And hard-working family manager Rui Lin said, “We as a team are focused on winning back our customers’ trust. We’ve all had sleepless nights thinking about it.
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Renfrew’s giant restaurant was ransacked during a food inspection by Renfrewshire Council, which revealed 24 separate areas of concern.
The Lin family, which now runs a chain of five restaurants, is due to revive during the Chinese New Year celebrations which begin on February 1, to revive business at the 250-seat buffet.
Mr Lin added: ‘We want to continue to integrate ourselves within the Renfrewshire community, providing employment opportunities for locals and looking for opportunities to give back to the community, including providing free meals for the elderly. .
“Our entire team knows and appreciates our customers – and knows we need to maintain that standard to keep our customers.”
A month ago we revealed that a litany of issues had been uncovered at the Arkleston Road restaurant and an official Notice of Needed Improvement had been issued.
Complaints included flies buzzing in the kitchen, refrigerated food that was too hot, raw beef stored next to cooked chicken, a gravy-encrusted hob, and poorly cleaned refrigerators.
Food was also stored on the floor of a shipping container and a kitchen sink was stained with grease and food debris.
Beijing Banquet had already found a Pass certificate for its hygiene before closing next week.
Now the Lins, who have three daughters who all work in the business, want to “strive to maintain our level in the future”.
They have been in the food business for 25 years and the owners themselves often work in front of the house.
Mr. Lin revealed, “We are closing for five days from Monday January 31 to Friday February 4 to carry out interior renovations.
“We are planning to do a Chinese New Year special for every adult priced meal, we are offering a £5 voucher to be used in March, April and May.”
They say getting the restaurant back to its best will ensure jobs in the area and that the business is full of “wonderful, hardworking people, including managers, servers and chefs”.
During the shutdown, some interior fittings will be replaced and equipment maintained.
The chain is also based at Danderhall in Edinburgh, Sighthill in Glasgow, Grangemouth and a newly opened branch in Kilmarnock.
Mr. Lin added, “The Beijing Banquet team and I were very disappointed when we received the hygiene report. We aim for a high standard in our cuisine. We fixed the issues and made improvements immediately.
“We have also improved our day-to-day process to make it more robust, with additional training carried out for staff.
“We are passionate about bringing great value, great value food to families…and service with a smile.”
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