New York Metropolis has been affected by rat infestations lately — to the purpose that metropolis officers introduced a couple of months in the past that they have been seeking to rent a “rat czar” to curb the issue.
However did a rat truly discover its means into a well-liked restaurant’s soup?
That’s the cost being made by a patron of Gammeeok, a eating vacation spot within the coronary heart of Manhattan’s Koreatown. Eunice Lucero-Lee posted photographs and a video on Instagram of what she claimed was a soup she and her husband ordered, through supply, from the restaurant with a useless rat floating in it. “[We] discovered probably the most disgusting factor in our meals,” Lee mentioned in her publish.
However the story doesn’t finish there. Lucero-Lee mentioned on Instagram that the couple has filed a lawsuit in opposition to the restaurant and reported the scenario to New York Metropolis’s well being division. MarketWatch was unable to achieve Lucero-Lee for remark.
The well being division shut down the restaurant on March 15. In a press release to MarketWatch, the division mentioned, “No New York Metropolis restaurant is allowed to have mice or rats on the menu and we’re investigating additional. Our high precedence is defending the well being of New Yorkers and if a restaurant has circumstances that threaten our metropolis’s diners, they are going to be shut down.”
The division’s closure discover, which is posted on-line, did be aware that there was “proof of rats or reside rats in institution’s meals or non-food areas.” The discover additionally cited different points, from meals not being saved on the proper temperature to meals getting used from an “unapproved or unknown supply, dwelling canned or dwelling ready.”
On its Instagram web page, Gammeeok mentioned, “We checked the entire course of of constructing the soup, however we couldn’t discover any issues.” The restaurant additionally indicated it had tried to hunt a decision with Lucero-Lee and her husband, together with offering a refund for the order and a $100 present card.
MarketWatch reached out to Gammeeok through Instagram for extra remark concerning the scenario and the shutdown however didn’t obtain an instantaneous response.
Lucero-Lee and her husband have patronized the restaurant for a decade, she added in her Instagram publish, “and are in any other case proud supporters of Asian delicacies and tradition.”
“This incident is by no means for use to gasoline race-based hate or prejudice and I’ll have a problem with anybody who makes use of these posts to suit that narrative,” she wrote.
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