‘Rat Patrol’ finds rodents in local restaurants

    The “Rat Patrol” came to Philadelphia, and it didn’t leave empty-handed. Inside Edition‘s investigative series hits up cities to see just how clean local restaurants are.

    Philadelphia was the latest stop, and it doesn’t look as if we embarrassed ourselves too much.


    The only restaurant actually mentioned in the report is Ted Turner’s Ted’s Montana Grill, one of many in the media mogul’s national chain. Inside Edition spotted a few rodents in the restaurant, though a Business Journal report seems to imply that comes with the territory.

    But as a NewsWorks reader points out, the full report from Fox29 showed rats in Mama Mia’s Pizzeria, the Cosi on South 15th Street, Lascala’s and Ishkabibbles.

    Restaurant consultant Peter Breslow told the Business Journal most restaurants in Philadelphia have systems in place for deterring rats, since the urban environment and tasty smells make for a natural breeding ground.

    Feed the Feed: If you heard a favorite restaurant of yours had a rat spotting, how would you react?

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