GEORGETOWN – The popular Nasi Kandar Line Clear restaurant in Jalan Penang here is scheduled to reopen tomorrow after the old management evicted the premises last Thursday.
The new management and licence holder Abdul Latiff Ali Thulkarnai, 55, said this was made possible after the dispute for the rights to operate the heritage restaurant was solved.
“Alhamdulillah (All praises be to Allah), all issues have been solved properly and what’s important now is to focus on operating the heritage restaurant,” he told reporters when met after the thanksgiving prayer and feast held in conjunction with the reopening of the restaurant here today.
The dispute for the rights to operate the restaurant began in 2010 when the then operator, Abdul Hamid Seeni Parkir, 67, refused to abide by an arrangement where the four partners took turns to operated the restaurant annually as stipulated by the Penang Island City Council (MBPP).
However, the dispute was solved when the Penang High Court, on Jan 21, rejected Abdul Hamid’s application to strike out MBPP’s order on the rotation system and ordered him to evict the premises within a period of three weeks.
Abdul Latiff Ali said the new management had decided to serve most of the dishes that had made the restaurant popular among nasi kandar enthusiasts, with several new dishes to be added in the menu, including ‘ayam masala’ and ‘daging kicap’.
“At present, we have over 20 kinds of dishes in the menu and will also introduce several new ones. We will also retain the three cooks who have worked with the restaurant for over 20 years,” he said.
Meanwhile, a customer Badli Iskandar Ahmad, 35, from Selangor, said for the past 10 years, he had become a regular customer and would not miss enjoying a bowl of fish head curry at the restaurant every time he was in Penang.
“I hope the Line Clear restaurant will continue to operate in the future as it offers a variety of tasty dishes. I’m sure whoever comes to Penang will stop by and eat here,” said the man who arrived here on Friday. – BERNAMA