GoFundMe set up for eatery where rat was allegedly found in soup
A supporter of the Crab Park Chowdery has started an online fundraiser to help the business recover from the rat-in-soup ordeal.
In a Facebook post, the Crab Park Chowdery says that over the last 10 days it has seen its “dream shattered,” and has gone from earning up to $2,000 a day to as low as $200 a day.
The Gastown business took a massive hit after a rat was allegedly found in a bowl of soup on Dec. 27 and a video of the incident went viral online.
The restaurant says a friend has put together an online fundraiser to help it cope with the financial turmoil, and posted a link to the GoFundMe on its Facebook page.
As of Wednesday morning, the GoFundMe campaign, created by Hunter Moyes, had raised $1,145 of a $10,000 goal. On the page, Moyes says the truth of what happened may never be known, but he doesn’t believe the restaurant is to blame. He adds that the damage to the business is done, and irreversible, and he wants to raise money to help them.
Last month, two young women claimed to have found a rat in a bowl of clam chowder. They filmed it and posted it to Instagram. The video went viral, causing the restaurant to lose most of its business. The restaurant has maintained that it would be impossible for the animal to get into the food undetected by staff.
One of the women who claims to have found the rat, Contessa Choe, has dismissed all suggestions they staged the video. She said it was a “ridiculous” idea that she would ever bring a cooked rat to a restaurant.
The establishment’s owner, Ashton Phillips, who opened the restaurant two years ago, said they have very strict food-safety measures and he just can’t understand how it got in the soup. Phillips has said the incident “absolutely devastated” his staff.
After the video, Vancouver Coastal Health investigated and found evidence of rodents at the commissary kitchen in the basement of Mamie Taylor’s restaurant, where Crab Park Chowdery’s soup is cooked. Mamie Taylor’s and the commissary kitchen were closed. Mamie Taylor’s was allowed to reopen the following day, but the commissary kitchen remained closed.
The Crab Park Chowdery was allowed to remain open using a mobile food-cart kitchen.
Mamie Taylor’s issued a statement saying it would no longer be leasing the commissary kitchen to other restaurants and has severed all business ties with Crab Park Chowdery.
A video posted to Instagram Dec. 27 claimed a patron found a rat in a bowl of soup at Crab Park Chowdery, a Vancouver cafe that serves clam chowder and soup in sourdough bread bowls.