MFC Chicken- It’s Finger Licking Taste! Not Anymore- MCC Shuts Down Shack
Mangaluru: Just like Iran may not love America politically, but Iranians love American food — especially fast food. With no formal diplomatic relations between the two countries, though, it’s rather hard to find a McDonald’s or a Pizza Hut. But if you wander through the streets of Tehran, you might find a Pizza Hat or a Mash Donald’s. The rise of the “fake franchise” of American food brands are all over the globe, even in India- and for that matter, even in Mangaluru. For example- Bisleri Soda, originally made by an Italian Company, you can find ‘Sizleri’ soda manufactured by a local beverage company here, in the same bottle design. How about America’s favourite Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)- with their slogan “It’s Finger Lickin’ Good’ was faked in a different version by MFC Restaurant-opposite to Athena Hospital, Falnir Road-Mangaluru, with their slogan as “It’s Finger Licking Taste!”. Even MFC brochures/pamphlets matched very close that of KFC?
But not anymore- MFC which has been selling “It’s Finger Licking Taste” fried Chicken like hot cakes, especially during evening hours was shut down this morning by Mangaluru City Corporation for not having a “Trade Licence”. Not only that, the residents around this food shack had complained many times to MCC and the District Administration officials about the health and safety hazards created by MFC. Last year the nearby residents had even launched a signature campaign and submitted it to MCC, but no action was taken. A few residents had even requested MFC owner to abide by some safety and health rules- but he never heeded to their kind requests.
Speaking to Team Mangalorean, Dr Prakash Shetty a resident of Britto’s Lane near to MFC said, “I am very glad that MCC took action against this fast food shack. As a resident living just a few blocks away from this joint, me and other locals here faced lots of inconveniences due to the traffic parked illegally on the road by MFC customers. Even the sign board erected by MFC blocked the view of the traffic entering our street. Another health safety issue was that MFC was releasing all the waste water onto to our street, which many times emanated bad smell. We the residents are extremely happy with MCC’s action, and would kindly request them not to issue any trade licence for an eatery place since it will once again create problems”.
When Team Mangalorean contacted Dr A Manjaiah Shetty – the Health Officer of Mangalore City Corporation he said, “The original person who rented this premises was Deepak Kamath (name changed), who operated a business called ‘Dosa Camp’- after he closed down his business he rented it out to Asif Iqbal (name changed) who started the Fried Chicken and other food items business- but later Asif rented it out to yet another person named Imitiyaz MS (name changed) who was running it until today- and whose trade licence expired recently. For some reason, Shenoy doesn’t want to renew his original licence, since the building owner who presently lives in the Gulf wants that premises back. So there are no chances that the present owner of MFC may get his trade licence renewed and get his business back”.
On a final note, when MCC is evicting poor strict vendors who although are a nuisance for pedestrians and traffic, but have no other option to earn their living- therefore MCC has to even evict all these mobile food vans, that are occupying the pedestrians path. We all know prior to becoming a Mayor now, Kavitha Sanil had raided many illegal shops for not having trade licences- but now as Mayor of MCC, hope she directs her colleagues to take strict action against businesses without trade license and also running the business in non-hygienic conditions.