Fingers point in different directions after a rat was allegedly found in a bowl of clam chowder at Crab Park Chowdery last Thursday.
When a customer posted an Instagram Video of the incident at the Gastown cafe, a whirlwind of negative reviews surfaced.
As a result, Vancouver Coastal Health launched an investigation.
The Plot Thickens
Crab Park Chowdery, where the rat was found, actually leases a commissary kitchen in the basement of restaurant Mamie Taylor’s.
Ron Oliver, owner of Mamie Taylor’s has said “while it is true that Crab Park Chowdery makes its soups in that commercial kitchen, we must stress that its operations and kitchen are completely separate from those of Mamie Taylor’s.”
Owner of Crab Park Chowdery, Ashton Phillips is still baffled by the incident saying the soup is lidded when made.
After finding “evidence of rodent activity” at Mamie Taylor’s, the restaurant was allowed to reopen given the commissary kitchen remained closed.
Phillips said that he also received the green light from VCH to remain open given he use a mobile cart kitchen.
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Since the dead rat in chowder incident, Mamie Taylor’s has cut ties to the Crab Park Chowdery.
With all the blame going around, consumers took it upon themselves to solve the mystery.
Reddit user woollymarmoset noted that a friend who works at Mamie Taylor’s said “staff often prop open the back door because the restaurant gets hot and stuffy. The health inspectors have told them several times not to do this because the door opens to a filthy rat infested alley but it keeps happening.”
Following this statement, Reddit users found a photo of Mamie Taylor’s restaurant with its door propped open to an alley on Google Maps.
While some argue the door could be for the apartment, and not the kitchen itself, others point out that it doesn’t matter as it still serves as an entry point for rats.
Has the mystery been solved? Who is really to blame? You decide.
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