Thursday, February 03, 2005
Tastes Like Chicken. Seriously. 
by Lenka Reznicek [permalink] 
From WBBM-TV, Chicago's Channel 2 CBS affiliate:
City Finds Dead Rat In Restaurant Deep Fryer
Feb 3, 2005 9:35 am US/Central
CHICAGO (CBS 2) A rib restaurant is now closed after inspectors found a dead rat in the deep fryer. The Chicago Department of Public Health shut down Fitzee's Serious Ribs and Chicken, 2130 S. Indiana Ave., on Wednesday after inspectors found a dead rat in the deep fryer, rat feces on the premises and live cockroaches in the kitchen, according to a press release. Fitzee's will stay closed until it passes re-inspection, the release said. Management could face a $500 fine after an administrative hearing on March 3.
Priorities, priorities:
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Translated: a dead rat in a deep fryer is slightly more newsworthy than the Governor's state address.

DIGGING DEEPER: According to the Chicago Department of Public Health, Fitzee's was shut down for a similar offense in April of 2002. But wait: its gets even better. From Sean Parnell's Velvet Lounge Review:
"...When the munchies set in, the Velvet Lounge does not serve food. However, there is a barbeque joint next door called Fitzee's Serious Ribs and Chicken where it looks like you'd find Matt "Guitar" Murphy and "Blue" Lou Marini working behind the counter and the bulletproof window that separates the kitchen and dining room. Fitzee's serves up soul food until 1:00am during the week and 2:00am on Fridays and Saturdays, so you can bring it into the lounge and feast on "serious" ribs, chicken and collard greens during the concert or assuage your stomach once your ears are satisfied. Perhaps it was the site of the Velvet Lounge's neighbor that spurred conversation between some friends of mine and I one night of eating kidney, liver, pickled pigs feet, intestine, snout, and scrapple..."
Bulletbroof windows between the kitchen and dining room...hhmm. Not exactly confidence-inspiring, if you catch my drift.