Bosses of a "dirty" restaurant which was said to be crawling with rodents have been served a £8,050 fine for failing to observe key health and safety regulations.
Directors of the Aumkar Sweets and Savouries business in Station Road, Harrow, Rameshcahandra Patel, 59, and Rutkumer Patel, 30, each admitted seven counts concerning the store's dirtiness, poor standards of cleanliness and lack of sanitation on Tuesday when appearing at Willesden Magistrates' Court.
The men were faced earlier this month with accusations by Harrow Council investigators that food was kept in open containers on a dirty floor surface in a rodent-infested rear courtyard.
Speaking after the conviction, co-director Rutkumer Patel said: "These problems were in the past, and since last year we have spent £125,000 renovating the property.
"The place is all new, and there are no longer any problems.
"We showed evidence of the new work to Harrow Council and to the court, and they were very happy with it."
Prosecutors were concerned that the food served up to customers in the restaurant was prepared in an area with no working tap or hand wash basin, while the cleaning was described as 'substandard' in the microwave and rear of the food premises, and that there were dirty fixtures, fittings, and floor and wall surfaces.
The was also a lack of a written food safety management system, defective fixtures, a failure to keep raw materials in appropriate conditions and a failure to ensure food was not protected by contamination were also mentioned among the charges.
A council spokeswoman said: “During inspection, Aumkar Sweets was found to he have breached a number of food hygiene regulations and we had no option but to take action through the courts.
"Our environmental health team are committed to ensuring that venues across the borough are operating safely and this result serves as a reminder that we will take tough action against businesses which are found to be putting the public at risk.”
Of the eight charges they faced, both men admitted seven of them, with one being withdrawn on the day by prosecutors.
The magistrate ordered fines of £500 to be paid out by both men for each count they admitted alongside also being ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £50 and to reimburse Harrow Council £2,000 in legal costs.