GoFundMe set up for eatery where rat was al­legedly found in soup

The Province - - NEWS - TIF­FANY CRAW­FORD ticraw­[email protected]­media.com — With files from Su­san Lazaruk and Glenda Luymes

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.

— IN­STA­GRAM

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.

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