Dinner A La Car: Chinese Restaurant Shutdown After Found With Roadkill in Kitchen

A Chinese restaurant has reportedly closed after customers saw staff wheeling in road kill to be used in the kitchen of Red Flower Chinese Restaurant in Williamsburg, Kentucky. The truly unnerving part of this story is the police report that the owner did not know that it was a problem to use road kill as a meat source.


The customer saw staff wheeling in a dead deer in a garbage can. The customer says that staff was trying to be quick in bringing the kill into the kitchen but he could clearly see the deer’s tail as well as a foot and leg.

Paul Lawson, Whitley County’s environmental health inspector, said the son of the owner admitted that they found the dead deer on the side of the Interstate highway and decided to serve it up at the restaurant. He said that he was “concerned” by the fact that “[t]hey said they didn’t know that they weren’t allowed to.”

Now here’s the kicker. They can reopen as soon as the restaurant passes a secondary health inspection proving that they have properly sanitized the kitchen. I would have thought that serving up roadkill would have resulted in something a bit more stiff as a penalty like the denial of your food service permit in Kentucky. It may be possible that the health department is treating this as a matter of contamination since the deer was not served to customers.  However, there remains the intent to serve the deer and the assumption that it would not have been identified as venison, let alone road kill, on the menu.

There is also the question of whether this is the first meat produced a al car. If not, it would seem to establish the basis for negligence per se in an action by former customers. There is also the possible claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Source: CBS

47 thoughts on “Dinner A La Car: Chinese Restaurant Shutdown After Found With Roadkill in Kitchen”

  1. pardon me?

    i do wish our current governor skelator would go live in a swamp somewhere.

    i’ve also eaten roadkill deer and gator. the trick with gator is make darn sure he dead before trying hack off his tail.

  2. Bron-

    What harm has the Obama administration done to the 2nd Amendment? Have you not stockpiled enough guns, ammo, porn mags, and beef jerky to keep the Socialists from your door for the next 200 years? What kind of Conservative are you?

    It seems to me that Barack Obama, following in the muddy footsteps of George W. Bush, has harmed virtually all of the Bill of Rights with the sole exceptions of the Second Amendment and the quartering of Redcoats and Hessians in our homes.

    But, continue to scan the nighttime skies for the Black Helicopters- those Socialists love beef jerky.

  3. ID707,

    Buffalo and ostrich is a little too gamey for me. Tried both, but didn’t like it. Ex-wife chowed it down real good.

  4. Matt,
    bufffalo and ostrich are two ugly monster left for me to try. Haven’t eaten well done beef since I was 30. Not a connaiseur, just got a taste over time for raw meat, if you know what I mean. The closer to the bone and all that.

  5. idealist707 1, October 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    But I like my venison rare.
    =====================
    My ex-wife liked buffalo meat and ostrich. I prefer beef, well done.

  6. As for moose, almost as many die from collisions with moose as with other cars. They come right through the windshield.

  7. Hate to be boring. Check Wiki for parasites for your choice of game.
    Trichinellla and bennike worms and all the hundreds of others. Our arctic explorers were killed by eating bear meat. The bears can take it, but not us.

    And armadillos do carry leprosy. Just so you know.

    Evem Pogo is not safe, let alone Alfred or Wiley Cat.
    But I like my venison rare.

  8. Woosty’s still a Cat 1, October 2, 2012 at 8:39 am

    “Road kill is not unhealthy per se. Certainly it shouldn’t be on a restaurant menu, but here in Alabama road kill deer is “harvested” and used by everyone from poor people to (gulp!) city and county jails and state prisons.”~Roman Berry
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    Out west it used to be policy to quickly phone the Sherrif if you hit a deer, so it could be dressed out and given to the local family in need. Certainly more honorable and practical than leaving it to rot. Added plus….the meat may be less contaminated with toxic manadditives and or gross and disgusting post dressing treatments to hide the aforementioned manadditives. Luckily….I rarely do the meat thing anymore….
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    Woosty…I thought you were still a cat! Don’t you know how to kill rodents?

  9. “Hello, I’m Larry, this is my brother Darryl, and this is my other brother, Darryl. We don’t call it roadkill, we call it Critter du jour.” Newhart show.

  10. CrateDog: “We dont know what they do with the squirrels.”

    I only know what a couple of German American ladies in my old neighborhood and my mother would do with them: make Hasenpfeffer. Squirrel is a good substitute for rabbit in that particular dish. As I recall though, and this was kind of strange, not city squirrels because they were ‘dirty’. An older fellow on my block would go into the country (which was really only what is now the county) and shoot rabbits and squirrels and provide them to a couple of the neighborhood ladies. He would get a good home cooked meal with the family and they got meat that wasn’t available at the grocery store. Real home-made Hasenpfeffer with rabbit (preferable) or squirrel was considered a special treat.

    I don’t think squirrels count as road-kill though.

  11. “Road kill is not unhealthy per se. Certainly it shouldn’t be on a restaurant menu, but here in Alabama road kill deer is “harvested” and used by everyone from poor people to (gulp!) city and county jails and state prisons.”~Roman Berry
    ——————
    Out west it used to be policy to quickly phone the Sherrif if you hit a deer, so it could be dressed out and given to the local family in need. Certainly more honorable and practical than leaving it to rot. Added plus….the meat may be less contaminated with toxic manadditives and or gross and disgusting post dressing treatments to hide the aforementioned manadditives. Luckily….I rarely do the meat thing anymore….

  12. My Pal (never call a Pal and owner) walks me in a public park at daybreak every morning. There are some chinois guys there catching squirrels in cages. We follow them back across the main highway on the edge of the park and they go into a chinois restaurant. We dont know what they do with the squirrels. There was a “C” rating on the front window from the Health Department but we were told that the low rating was due to a dirty bathroom. Pal says that they were cleaning the squirrels in the mens room but he says that he heard it from Joe Bob and that its all hearsay. But, you heard it from me and I am just a crate dog so take it for what its worth. Vote for Willard and eat at Wing Dong. Or listen to me and eat at MacDonalds.

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