A landslide has reportedly destroyed the kitchen of a famed French restaurant near the Maybank Tower in Jalan Raja Chulan.

According to Bernama, a RM1 million retaining wall collapsed at about 2:30am yesterday (16th November) and destroyed the kitchen of the infamous French dining spot, La Vie En Rose.

La Vie En Rose
Source: La Vie En Rose’s Facebook page

When met at the scene of the incident yesterday, Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) assistant director Azizan Ismail told reporters that they received an emergency call at 10:53am yesterday on the incident.

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The impact caused the liquefied petroleum cooking gas in the kitchen to leak out,” he said, adding that JBPM would go into the kitchen when it was safe for them to retrieve 4 gas cannisters and other items. To ensure safety of residents of an apartment behind the restaurant, Azizan said that JBPM has ordered residents to vacate their units temporarily.

Landslide that occured at La Vie En Rose on 18th October 2014 / Source: The Malay Mail Online
Landslide that occured at La Vie En Rose on 18th October 2014 / Source: The Malay Mail Online

A 74-year-old resident, who only wanted to be identified as Lee, told reporters that he heard a loud “boom” said when he was sound asleep. However, he didn’t pay any attention to it.

He said:

I was shocked when I find the back portion of the restaurant near my apartment destroyed by a landslide when I woke up at 9:30 am today.

Having stayed in the area for 50 years, Lee expressed his shock over the incident because the retaining wall was supposed to prevent the landslide that occured at the same place last year.

On Oct 18 last year, La Vie En Rose restaurant suffered a similar fate when a landslide occured at 8pm and caused the restaurant to shut down early / Source: Astro Awani
La Vie En Rose restaurant was hit by a landslide last year / Source: Astro Awani

According to Astro Awani, the restaurant will be closed for 2 weeks and the Public Works Department will conduct soil checks after the rain subsided.

To prevent fire or an explosion from happening, firefighters also released gas from the leaked LPG tanks in a controlled environment.

Sources: Bernama, TMI, Astro Awani.

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