At just about noon today, Jesse Ship was walking along Spadina on his way to lunch with a friend when he spotted something slightly less appetizing in the window of Happy Seven restaurant, at 358 Spadina: a rat. He snapped the photo above, of the rat conspicuously beside a Toronto Public Health DineSafe Pass, and sent it to us and to BlogTO immediately, and recorded the video above on his cellphone. As it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to see something: CityNews got footage of not one but three rats roaming the store, presumably taking a break from teaching fine cooking to the clumsy but ultimately endearing cooks.
The restaurant has received unconditional green passes in all but one of their past seven inspections, but Toronto Public Health—unlike the last time we contacted them about an unwelcome guest spotted by a reader—have still not shut the restaurant down as of 9 p.m. tonight, and the operator we spoke to on the phone said it could take until as late as mid-day Friday to send an inspector (though a public health manager told the Post that they’re investigating). When Torontoist dropped by the restaurant this evening and attempted to speak to the restaurant’s management, they told us they had “no comment.” CityTV had similar results when their report aired at 6 p.m., but were later told that the restaurant “was aware of the problem and were bringing in pest control experts in the hopes of eradicating [it].”
Photo/Video by Jesse Ship. Additional reporting from Jonathan Goldsbie.