A Vancouver restaurant that’s found itself at the centre of controversy for the past three weeks has announced it will be closing up shop this weekend.
After a viral video surfaced of an alleged dead rat in a bowl of chowder at Gastown eatery Crab Park Chowdery, the business says it has seen sales plummet to just $200 to $400 per day, amounts that were previously around $1,500 to $2,000 daily.
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Shortly after the video arose, the commissary kitchen where Crab Park made its soups, owned and located beneath nearby restaurant Mamie Taylor’s, cut ties with the business completely.
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Last week a GoFundMe was launched to help the restaurant. The “Crab Park Chowdery Relief Fund” was asking the public for financial support “for the people affected by what’s happened to the Crab Park Chowdery.”
As of January 17, the GoFundMe has reached $2,415 of its $10,000 financial goal, and the restaurant has decided to shutter.
In a statement released on Instagram, the restaurant thanked customers for two years of business and notified the public that “with heavy hearts” its last day of operation would be on Sunday, January 20.
Crab Park Chowdery has issued the following statement regarding the closure:
All the amazing memories of the last two years will be with us for a lifetime. The new friends we all made and community events we were able to partake in. Helping to provide hot meals to the individuals and groups in need of the DTES. Building a brand we all were and still are very proud to have created. Being able to provide jobs to an amazing group of humans who all became family and life long friends. It’s with heavy hearts that we regretfully inform all of our guests, friends and family members that this Sunday January 20th will be our last day in business. We truly can’t thank everyone enough for the love, support and well wishes we’ve received over the last two years and most recently over the last few weeks. Please come down and say hello in the next four days. We’d love to say our goodbyes or for some of you maybe a first hello. Life is a funny journey, it has all sorts of ups and downs. We know that with our heads held high and a can do attitude the next chapter will be an even better one. We will see you all real soon. You can truly accomplish anything with a little courage and support from your friends. ❤️ Sincerely,
Daily Hive has reached out to the individual who posted the video accusing the restaurant of serving the rat several times but has not received comment prior to publishing.