Health Department Shuts Restaurant Infested With Rats

When the owner's away, the rats will play.

News video showing about a dozen rats running around a KFC-Taco
Bell restaurant in Greenwich Village was widely disseminated today on TV stations and the Internet.

The footage, taken from the sidewalk through a window, showed the rats running around the floor, between counters and tables and on children's high chairs. The establishment was not open at the time.

The parent company for the restaurant is Yum Brands, Incorporated, based in Louisville.

KFC-Taco Bell issued a statement saying: "Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our customers. This is completely unacceptable and is an absolute violation of our high standards."

The company said construction in the basement yesterday
"temporarily escalated the situation."

Yum says the franchise owner is actively addressing the issue
and the restaurant will remain closed until the problem is "completely resolved."

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