So much for Top Chefs, and a very Expensive, place to eat, now, Dylan, Good luck with Catching, the Rats, and open Soon?

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TV chef’s Dublin restaurant among seven ordered to close temporarily after rat droppings found near kitchen

  • 17:55, 10 Oct 2022
  • Updated: 18:16, 10 Oct 2022

TOP chef Dylan McGrath’s plush restaurant Rustic Stone was issued with a closure order after “rodent droppings” were discovered in a cavity wall leading to the kitchen.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland said the top George’s Street eatery was one of seven businesses issued with an order in the month of September.

Rustic Stone on South Great George's Street was issued with a closure order
Rustic Stone on South Great George’s Street was issued with a closure orderCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd
The restaurant is owned by top chef Dylan McGrath
The restaurant is owned by top chef Dylan McGrath

Rustic Stone and Bow Lane on Aungier Street were served under the Food Safety Authority of Ireland Act, 1998, while five others were served under European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020.

These included Lee Kee Chinese Restaurant on Parnell Street in Dublin, Ocean Palace (Take Away) in Navan, Co Meath, Homesavers  in Ballysimon, Limerick, Swift Fine Foods in Castleblayney, Monaghan and King Pizza (Take Away), Knocknagree, Cork.

According to the FSAI, the closure orders have all been subsequently lifted with the exception of the order affecting Lee Kee Chinese Restaurant.

The report on Rustic Stone noted: “There was a large wooden covering over a gap in the cavity wall directly behind cooking appliances and adjacent to dry stone. There were rodent droppings noted with this cavity wall  and in dry stone.

“Rodent droppings were also noted under stairs structure behind hot hold unit. This structure was open and leading directly to the kitchen.”


The report concluded: “The above conditions lead to a serious risk of food being contaminated with pangenic bacteria likely to render the food unfit for human consumption, injurous to health or contaminated in such.”

The restaurant was permitted to reopen the following day once the FSAI were satisfied they had corrected the violations.

The FSAI also laid out some of the reasons for other closure orders being issued such as a lack of training, no access to pest control records, prevention of contamination and premises being in an unclean condition.


Dr Pamela Byrne, FSAI Chief Executive said that a lack of pest control procedures is unacceptable.

She said: “It is a legal requirement for all food businesses to have a robust food safety management system in place that also ensures a high level of pest control.

“However, time after time, environmental health officers are finding incidents of rodent infestations and filthy premises highlighting a disregard for basic food safety and hygiene.

“All food businesses have a legal obligation to ensure that the food they are processing, serving or selling is safe to eat at all times.

“Consumers have a right to safe food and we would urge anyone who is concerned or suspect there is unusual activity being demonstrated by a food business, to contact us via our online complaint form and we will investigate.”

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