Cafe closes temporarily after viral rodent video

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A popular Minneapolis restaurant closed this weekend after a shocking discovery went viral.

A video has emerged to show a rodent in a tub of rice inside Stella’s Fish Café in Uptown.

RaLasia Wright captured the video around 2am on Saturday when she and her friends walked past the restaurant and saw the rodent through the window in the rice.

“It was a huge rat, it was a very, big, huge rat, like the rat was thicker than me, like, it was big, like tearing food, like I was talking about ‘Bookie’ who ate the food,” Wright said. “No paying customers, but the mouse was.”

A spokesperson for the city of Minneapolis said the restaurant closed Saturday for an emergency pest control visit. During the visit, the city said a health inspector found traces of mice, including droppings and a dead mouse in a trap. No live mice were found.

After the visit, the restaurant said it closed voluntarily to allow its sanitation and pest control company to remedy the situation. They requested an additional health visit which ended on Sunday morning.

“We are still exploring the validity of the video. Cleanliness and customer safety have always been at the forefront of our business and Stella’s has always passed our regular city health inspections. past 60 days,” Stella’s Fish Cafe said in a statement to WCCO.

Bill Meyer and Gloria Lukalu were hoping to have lunch at the restaurant on Sunday but saw it was closed.

“It’s disappointing, I’m glad they’re in control,” Meyer said.

“I’ve been to places where I said, ‘You’ve got a lot of flies’ and it’s swept away, so it’s good to see they take health very seriously,” Lukalu said.

The city noted that as the weather gets colder, the mice are more actively looking for indoor entrances.

“Stella management is working with their pest control company to walk through the entire building to identify and close all entry points, and verify that pests are removed. Stella’s team cleans the entire facility. They are taking extra steps to assess all food items in dry storage and are storing all boxes of food in rigid plastic containers as an added measure of protection,” a spokesperson for the city.

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