With reporting from Riham Sheble
Updated at 5:21pm with name of the restaurant
Municipal inspectors have seized large amounts of expired food products from a restaurant at the Pearl-Qatar which they said was hidden by staff.
The food included ingredients used for meals and beverages, such as meat marinades, salad dressing and various juice concentrates, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) said in a statement.
The manager in charge of the restaurant will be referred to the public prosecutor for violations, which includes having expired food products.
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The MME has also been cracking down on eateries for improper food storage, which appears to also be an issue in this case.
Officials did not name the restaurant, despite repeated requests for information from people on Twitter and Facebook.
But Longhorn Steakhouse confirmed to Doha News that it has been closed for an undetermined amount of time due to trouble with the municipality.
Later on in the week, Baladiya said the restaurant was closed for 60 days.
According to Longhorn’s website, the US-bases chain’s Qatar franchise is operated by the Americana Group.
Under the law, the MME is allowed to name and shame restaurants only in Arabic on its website.
However, its food violation section has not yet been updated with the name of the eatery in question.