WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (CBS Cleveland) — A Chinese food restaurant in Kentucky has been shut down after being accused of bringing roadkill into the kitchen.
WYMT-TV reports that customers at the Red Flower Chinese Restaurant in Williamsburg saw people wheeling a dead deer into the kitchen last week.
“Two of the workers came in wheeling a garbage can and they had a box sitting on top of it,” eyewitness Katie Hopkins told the station. “There was like a tail, and a foot and leg sticking out of the garbage can and they wheeled it straight back into the kitchen.”
Hopkins added: “There was actually a blood trail that they were mopping up behind the garbage can.”
Paul Lawson, Whitley County’s environmental health inspector, told WTVF-TV that the restaurant owner’s son admitted to picking up the dead deer on the side of the road.
“He actually removed the intestines of the animal inside the restaurant,” Lawson explained to WTVF. “So there’s a huge number of diseases that could be transmitted.”
The owner of the restaurant claims that the deer was going to be fed to the restaurant and not customers.
Lawson said he’s worried that the restaurant might have done this before.
“They said they didn’t know that they weren’t allowed to, so that makes me concerned,” Lawson told WYMT. “They didn’t admit to doing it before.”
The restaurant will be allowed to reopen after passing a follow-up health inspection.