After the dead rat was allegedly found in a bowl of chowder at Crab Park Chowdery on December 27, health officials said on Friday that after the incident they had closed Mamie Taylor's – the closest restaurant where the chowder was prepared.
Mamie Taylor's owner, Ron Oliver, has released a statement about the incident that spoke to the relationship of the Chinatown restaurant with Chowdery Crab Park.
"It has come to our attention that a mouse is thought to be found in the chowder purchased at Crab Park Chowdery, the tenant of a commercial commissioner kitchen located in the basement of our building," Oliver said. "Although it's true that Crab Park Chowdery made his soup in the commercial kitchen, we must emphasize that the operation and kitchen are completely separate from Mamie Taylor's."
Oliver explained that the commercial kitchen was located in the basement of restaurant 251 E Georgia Street, but Mamie Taylor did not use it to store or prepare the food.
It was the commissioner's room hired by Crab Park Chowdery which did not pass the Vancouver Coastal Health inspection, but because the space was part of the whole restaurant, the room was closed.
"In the six years since we opened at this location, we have never experienced a situation like this happening at Mamie Taylor, or with another kitchen tenant," Oliver said.
Oliver said that despite his history of supporting Crab Park Chowdery, "We have also been forced to express serious concerns with staff and ownership of Crab Park Chowdery on organizational issues, food safety, and general cleanliness."
Oliver said Mamie Taylor will continue to work with the Vancouver Coastal Health to resolve this issue, and other inspections are scheduled for Saturday morning.