The OG Aristocrat Ordered "Closed" by DENR

The Roxas Boulevard institution's woes are part of efforts to rehabilitate Manila Bay.

(SPOT.ph) As part of the ongoing efforts to rehabilitate Manila Bay, The Aristocrat Restaurant along Roxas Boulevard was given on January 27 a cease-and-desist order by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources through the Laguna Lake Development Authority. The order comes after the restaurant's alleged violation of The Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004. 

However, as stated in a report by CNN Philippines, the DENR says that, though they have cut off the restaurants' water supply, the establishments are not obligated to stop operating. In the same report, Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) general manager Jaime Medina adds that they are only expected to correct violations or risk losing their mayor's permit and environmental compliance certificate.

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The closure order was also issued to two other establishments, Gloria Maris Shark's Fin Restaurant within the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, and San Miguel by the Bay at the Esplanade. According to Medina, the orders were issued after it was discovered that the three establishments have been discharging their waste water into Manila Bay.

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Considered one of Manila's oldest restaurants, Aristocrat faces possible closure following environmental-law violations.
PHOTO BY Aristocrat Facebook page

Through a phone call with SPOT.ph, Aristocrat Roxas Boulevard confirms that they are still open for business.

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