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Excuse Me, Waiter, There's a Mouse in My Salad

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Though stuffed dormouse was once a Roman delicacy and some rural Koreans still enjoy a glass or two of baby mice wine as a health tonic, here in 'Merica, we're not so fond of eating rodents.

Which is probably why a patron at Katie's Pizzeria Café (6611 Clayton Road, Clayton; 314-727-8585) was none too pleased to find a dead mouse in her salad during a recent meal, according to a report from the Clayton-Richmond Heights Patch.

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The following complaint comes from the the St. Louis County Health Department's records:

Caller stated she found a dead mouse in her salad. Spoke with manager on duty. He stated they took bag of lettuce back to Restaurant Depot. Restaurant Depot states to the owner it was their fault. Manager has spoken with staff about inspecting products as they come in and serve them. Katie's Pizzeria has pest control services from Blue Chip on a monthly basis.

Following the complaint, the health department inspected Katie's Pizzeria, and the restaurant received a grade A or 100 percent satisfaction.

Still, the question remains: How does a member of the kitchen staff not notice a dead mouse in a salad that he or she is preparing? The lettuce used in the salad seems to have come from Restaurant Depot, which means Katie's employees probably dump handfuls of lettuce into a bowl and mix it up without carefully examining it. That said, we're pretty sure lettuce is green and dead mice are...not.

No manager was available when we called Katie's Pizzeria for comment. More as we learn it.

This news comes after the successful Kickstarter campaign by Katie's Pizzeria owner Katie Lee to raise funds for a new restaurant, Katie's Pizza and Pasta. The campaign raised more than $40,000 to fund the new venture, which promises to be more innovative and cutting-edge than Katie's Pizzeria. However, if mice are cutting-edge Italian fare these days, count us out.


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Katie's Pizzeria Café

6611 Clayton Road, Clayton, MO

Category: Restaurant

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Esperanza.
Esperanza.

The RFT and any other organization should be ashamed this story was run. Not only is Katie an incredibly sweet, hard working, humble woman but she has handled this ISOLATED incident with dignity and grace. This kind of thing could happen to anyone.  Katie's food is delicious, it's healthy, and it's prepared carefully.  This was an isolated, unfortunate incident and not at all the fault of Katie or her employees. I find it interesting this occurred several weeks ago, but remained unmentioned by the RFT until *just* after Katie had an overwhelmingly successful Kick-Starter party for her new restaurant. Sounds to me like a malicious, dark-hearted attempt to stir shit up and hurt Katie's growth. Which is funny, because if you stop into Katie's you'll notice there's a crowd of loyal reasonable patrons. Business is booming as usual for Katie.  Be nice and move on.

Bunni4582
Bunni4582

Welp, I for one ate at Katie's Pizzeria tonight, with my 4 year old daughter, and we will eat there again and again and again and again.  I have been an avid supporter and fan of Katie's since it's inception, and have never experienced anything less than superior service from the nicest, hardest working restaurant owner IN ST. LOUIS and FANFUCKINGTASTIC food.  I mean, honestly, never anything below a very high standard.

I wonder why the RFT feels the need to pick on small business owners of St. Louis that create the atmosphere that the RFT so loves to brandish as part of St. Louis' eclectic vibe.  Katie has just worked for 2 years to secure private investments for a new restaurant, she successfully raised $40,000.00 through KICKSTARTER for her new place, the first restaurant to EVER do so, by the by,  and THIS is how you chose to highlight her?  NOT as a successful, motivated and respected business woman, but as someone who fell victim to an unfortunate circumstance that was quickly rectified?  She passed inspection with a Grade A almost immediately after the incident, yet you chose to highlight her beautiful food with fucking mouse superimposed on it.  Shitty of you, RFT.  Shitty of you to take what one woman has worked 10 years for and flip it in her face.  Can't WAIT to read your review of her new space.  Oh wait, that's right, I won't be reading your shitty little paper anyway.  

Slander
Slander

Do we have a name on the person making the complaint?

Tony Merklin
Tony Merklin

I'm surprised the restaurant didn't charge extra for the Mouse .......

Alex Flasar
Alex Flasar

agreed, Log Home. Plus why is everyone saying "the restaurant" should have washed the lettuce? it was one employees mistake, one time. Maybe they even washed the dead mouse with the lettuce.

greypumas
greypumas

Supplier sells gross bad of lettuce, one employee messes up, and you guys are blaming the whole restaurant and the owner..Katie's has been around for a long time now and nothing like this ever happened before, get your head out of your  a****.  RFT, this is a d*** move.

Dawn Drennen
Dawn Drennen

When I buy pre-packaged lettuce from the grocery store I still wash it. The restaurant should wash it too!

Kevin Rotellini
Kevin Rotellini

I've seen better establishments have business crippled by less findings this is going to hurt especially with all the media coverage

Marianne Rogers
Marianne Rogers

How sad. Katie is an amazing and sweet girl. Love her. Don't be so quick to judge, you wouldn't believe what happens and it's not just Katie's.

Kevin Rotellini
Kevin Rotellini

how can it be a suppliers fault that the restaurant didn't rinse the lettuce nor see a mouse in it?

Angela Minor
Angela Minor

But it's supposedly not the restaurant's fault..it came from the place where they get the lettuce. Either way, that makes me shudder.

Mark Swain
Mark Swain

I cant believe the Diner had the nerve to blame its supplier for their mistake.

Kevin Rudroff
Kevin Rudroff

Shit!!!!!! I freakn looooove Katie's Pizza!!!!

Dave Edge
Dave Edge

its always the salad. Either the salad has salmonella or a mouse.

Alex Peck
Alex Peck

I bet it was texas roadhouse!!

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@Slander Yes, we do, but we're waiting until we can get more information from her as well as Restaurant Depot to publish any more details. 

pizzalover
pizzalover

@greypumas I agree. So mice like salad too, big deal. I just wish people would care more about whether they choose to support businesses run by racist sexist assholes like Katie's father Tom. They're not the smartest people over there, but putting Katie's name on the front was a way better idea than Tom's Pizzeria. Nobody would buy pizza from scum like that...my guess is an employee did it on purpose. Karmic mouse. #micearentthesickestshitgoingonthere #shittyoldprivelegedwhitemenfromclayton

money101
money101

@Kevin Rotellini What about bagged lettuce anyway? Nicer restaurants I didn't think used it.

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