Mamie Taylor's cuts ties with Crab Park Chowdery after dead rat incident

Dec 30 2018, 6:58 am

Mamie Taylor’s announced today that it is officially open for business, following a recent shut down by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH).

The inspection came after a dead rat was allegedly found in a bowl of chowder at Crab Park Chowdery — a tenant of the commercial commissary kitchen located in the basement of Mamie Taylor’s.

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As part of Vancouver Coastal Health’s investigation into the incident, inspectors visited Mamie Taylor’s — the offsite location where Crab Park Chowdery’s chowder is prepared. That’s where inspectors found evidence of a rodent issue in the form of droppings, Tiffany Aikins of VCH confirmed with Daily Hive on December 28.

In a previous statement, Ron Oliver, owner of Mamie Taylor’s, emphasized that Crab Park Chowdery’s operations were separate from his eatery.

“It has come to our attention that a rat was allegedly found in chowder purchased at Crab Park Chowdery, a tenant of the commercial commissary kitchen located in the basement of our building,” he said.

“While it is true that Crab Park Chowdery makes its soups in that commercial kitchen, we must stress that its operations and kitchen are completely separate from those of Mamie Taylor’s.”

Oliver released a follow-up statement on December 29, announcing that Mamie Taylor’s is open.

“Following this morning’s Vancouver Coastal Health inspection of the commissary kitchen on its premises, Mamie Taylor’s is once again open for business,” he said.

Oliver said that Mamie Taylor’s has also severed ties with Crab Park Chowdery and its commissionary kitchen will no longer be leased to other purveyors.

“This unfortunate incident has made clear to us that we cannot rely on those businesses who lease our commissary kitchen to uphold the same standard of excellence as Mamie Taylor’s. As such, we will no longer lease commissary kitchen space to other restaurants and have severed business ties with Crab Park Chowdery.

Vancouver Coastal Health inspects all city eateries at least once a year and its inspection reports are made public on its website.

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