A week after we took CityNews to task for their bottom-feeding coverage of a handful of rats in the window of Happy Seven, they once again led their 6 p.m. newscast with a piece on vermin in Chinatown. (Supposedly another restaurant was forced to close.) Citytv has also, we’re told, been running incessant promos for its flagship news program with Mark Dailey‘s booming voice bragging “We got them shut down!” over images clearly identifying Happy Seven.
Not one to pass up an opportunity to build a career on rodents and racism, Andrea Piunno is this week presenting a series on restaurant cleanliness that helpfully informs us it’s not just the Chinese who are filthy; it’s Koreans, too! Of course, the series includes a generous helping of the same Happy Seven footage, edited in with Eisensteinian precision. (And the forehead-slapping music in the final segment, praising Little Italy, seems to have been chosen in order to underline the area as ethnic.)
It now seems that all of Citytv’s hard work has paid off, Happy Seven having finally gone out of business this past Wednesday, following a sharp drop-off in customers (including the key post-last call crowd) in the last few weeks. The tables are still set and the sandwich boards remain outside, implying the closure happened rather quickly.
Of course we’re not doubting that pests in a food establishment warrant a temporary shutdown, or that the DineSafe program is worthy of criticism. Rather, to reiterate the thesis of our earlier post, rats in the window of a restaurant are not news, and catching them on video is certainly not something that a self-respecting news organization should refer back to again and again and again and again as one of its proudest accomplishments.
Perhaps most selfishly, though, we are (seriously) quite sad that we will never get to try Happy Seven’s “rich” honey-roasted pigeon.
Photo by Jonathan Goldsbie.