A restaurant-goer in New York City was left disgusted after spotting a rat in the window of an establishment, ironically sitting next to an ‘A’ health inspection sign.
The large rodent was seen scurrying around inside Dixon Place on Saturday night, sitting next to droppings in front of the emblazoned top-tier health sign.
The theatre, which is located on Chrystie Street in downtown Manhattan, was issued an ‘A’ grade for sanitation by the Health Department.
As well as performance space, the building has a fully equipped bar.
In the horrifying clip, one woman tapped the glass to see if the rat was moving, as its long brown tail was on full show on the wooden ledge.
The animal then quickly hopped away, behind the sanitation sign, before poking its head out the other side to see the women on the street face-on.
In the horrifying clip, one woman tapped the glass to see if the rat was moving, as its long brown tail was on full show on the wooden ledge
Clearly frightened, or shocked to have been caught, the rat then jumps from the ledge on to the ground inside the theatre, rustling a potted plant upon its descent
The animal then quickly hopped away, behind the sanitation sign, before poking its head out the other side to see the women on the street face-on
Clearly frightened, or shocked to have been caught, the rat then jumps from the ledge on to the ground inside the theatre, rustling a potted plant upon its descent.
Dixon Place most recent violation was in May 2019, when the department found that ‘food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.’
The theater also had three more violations before that – one in 2018, and two in 2017.
Dixon Place is a non-profit venues with a full liquor license – and its lounge is open on performance nights.
It’s described as a ‘cozy custom-designed lounge features recycled wood wainscoting on the walls, custom stained-glass foyer artwork by Joseph Cavalieri, antique Persian rugs, and a custom-designed bar by Michael Howett.’
The theater serves cocktails for $13 which lovers of the arts can bring into the crowd when watching performances.
Dixon Theater and the New York City Health Department have been contacted by DailyMail.com.
Pictured: Dixon Place, with its ‘A’ grade sign clearly seen in the front of the window
After watching the distressing clip, many people joked about the rat spotted in the window.
One person wrote: ‘He’s the inspector,’ while another said: ‘That’s the chef!’
A third person joked: ‘That’s just the ratatouille dude, he’s chill.’
While another chimed in: ‘‘A’ stands for ‘A really bad rating.’
‘He’s working hard to keep the place clean!,’ another social media user said, while others joked that this is just like any other place in New York City because of the inordinate amount of rats on the loose.
One person added: ‘If that’s a A I don’t wanna know how the others look.’
According to the Department of Health, all ‘A’ grade establishments must seal all cracks, crevices and holes in walls, cabinets and doors to prevent rodents, cockroaches and flies from entering.
They are told to install rodent-proof door sweeps on outside doors and store food and garbage in pest-proof containers.
Establishments wanting an A’ grade must remove ‘grease, oil and food particles from all surfaces and equipment, including the floor underneath and to have a contract with a pest control professional licensed to work in restaurants.’