One of the first restaurants in China to be awarded a Michelin Star has been forced to close because of licencing issues.
Taian Table, a Shanghia eatery, was praised for having “innovative cuisine” and featured in the first ever Michelin Guide to Shanghai, China’s commercial capital.
Neighbours of the restaurant had complained about the noise from the restaurant, local media reported.
“Our idea and concept was to build a small place to entertain our friends and to have some foodies and chef friends around to create new and imaginative dishes,” said a statement by co-owner German chef Stefan Stiller.
“We certainly never intentionally planned to violate any rules, regulations and laws”.
The statement added that the owners had taken the decision to relocate in order to abide by regulations.
However, the restaurant was in a residential building and not able to receive a catering licence, according to the Shanghaiist.
"The restaurant is a nightmare for us all for months," a neighbour told the Shanghai Daily.
"The hot air and big noise produced by the restaurant's central air-conditioning without any soundproof measures make me unable to sleep, and I have to close several windows to get rid of all these annoying things, which had little effect.
"And the restaurant also emits odor of cooking oil and smoke, which seriously pollutes the air."
Michelin have said that it evaluates restaurants solely on the basis of its food.
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