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Vancouver restaurant in the same building with the kitchen connected to the reopening of the mouse soup video



The restaurant is in the same building with the kitchen associated with a video showing a visitor suspected of finding a mouse in his soup that has been given the green light to be reopened by the Vancouver Coastal Health.

The viral video, published Thursday, showed what looked like dead rats in a bowl of soup bread at Crab Park Chowdery, a restaurant in Gastown.

The Vancouver Coastal Health Inspector visited the cafe on Friday morning to investigate, and let it remain open.

A video posted on Instagram on Thursday showed dead rats in a soup bowl at the Chowdery Crab Park in the Gastown neighborhood of Vancouver. (Instagram / pisun_ne_ne)

However, the kitchen commission hired by Crab Park Chowdery, where the staff prepared their food, was ordered to be closed.

East Georgia Street restaurant, Mamie Taylor's, located in the same building as the kitchen, was also ordered closed.

The kitchen of the commissioner is often used by smaller restaurants, food trucks and other mobile food businesses as a space to prepare and store food.

On Saturday, Mamie Taylor reopened for business.

Ron Oliver, who owns Mamie Taylor & rents the commissioner's kitchen, said while both were in the same building, the restaurant was completely separate from the commissioner's kitchen.

"Our kitchen, you can see it in the dining room. It's wide open. Everyone can see it," Oliver said.

"The commissioners are in the basement and are completely separate. It's not that we share staff or share materials or share cooking rooms. Everything is separate."

He said there were several problems regarding the organization in the commissioner's kitchen, which he described as "a kind of pilot project that lasted two years."

Oliver said he had now cut ties with Crab Park Chowdery and the commissioner's kitchen would remain closed.

"Renting a place that you expect to be kept one-way," Oliver said. "I wish the best for the previous tenants."

Oliver said the restaurant had felt a strong reaction because of its relationship with viral videos.

"Yesterday was a very tense day," he said. "Returning our good name there will help alleviate some of the concerns that people seem to have."

Ashton Phillips, owner of Crab Park Chowdery, said he would not be "dragged into the mud" because a viral video allegedly showed a mouse found in a bowl of soup in his restaurant. (Mike Zimmer / CBC)

Crab Park Chowdery owner Ashton Phillips said the incident was very unfortunate for all parties involved and he said he thanked Oliver for his support.

Because restaurants no longer use the commissioner's kitchen, Phillips said he received a green light from the Vancouver Coastal Health to use a mobile food cart kitchen.

"[We’re] cook all the products from the food cart that was just ordered, "Phillips said.

He said several kitchens of other commissioners in the city had reached out to offer him space. Phillips said he would pass New Year's Day before making a new game plan.

Meanwhile, Phillips said the restaurant was still open for business.

"We have great cream soup. We have great products. That's what we have to do here. Put a smile on people's faces and give them warm, warm stomachs and a nice place."


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