Published Tuesday, January 1, 2019 18:50 PST
Last Updated Tuesday, January 1, 2019 18:56 PST
The owner of the Gastown restaurant appeared in a viral social media post, allegedly showing that the rat was taken out of a soup bowl, said he did not believe the event had happened as shown.
Ashton Phillips said Crab Park Chowdery and her staff conducted a full investigation – including testing the slaughtering of the rodent in the soup, as well as the possibility of placing a rodent in a bread bowl – and came to the conclusion that a rat could not enter their food in their kitchen or as a result of staff activities.
"For us, we did the research, we made our research in it and we simply do not see it as possible," he said.
Phillips said that the muted response of girls to viral video also seemed suspicious to employees.
As a result of the incident, the off-site Kitchen Crab Park Chowdery used to prepare its food was closed by Vancouver Coastal Health. The restaurant was also thrown out of the commercial kitchen that it used to hide its soups.
But Phillips says he feels the restaurant is made to be a scapegoat by the owners of the commercial kitchen area.
"They forced us to be bad guys and it's unfortunate how they decided to go along the way," he said.
The kitchen outside the location is owned by the restaurant Mamie Taylor.
"Restaurants should not be messy, especially when preparing for food, it is very important that cleanliness is of the utmost importance. There were several questions for keeping things neat and the organization they were dealing with and dealing with but were constantly up to date, said Ron Oliver, owner of Mamie Taylor, last week after the incident.
Vancouver Coastal Health says the kitchen outside the site is still closed.
"We just want everyone to know that we've done everything possible to get to the bottom," Phillips said.