(CBS) WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.- The Red Flower Chinese Restaurant was forced to shut down on Thursday after employees were seen dragging roadkill into the kitchen, reports CBS affiliate WYMT.
Make that one from Lane A and one from Lane B.
"We were actually joking about the, you know, the whole Chinese restaurant. You know some rumors that you hear," says Katie Hopkins, a customer of the Red Flower restaurant.
What Hopkins and her friends witnessed next apparently confirmed some of the rumors they had been discussing.
"Two of the workers came in wheeling a garbage can and they had a box sitting on top of it. And hanging out of the garbage can, they were trying to be real quick with it. So that nobody could see it. But there was like a tail, and a foot and leg. Sticking out of the garbage can and they wheeled it straight back into the kitchen," adds Hopkins.
Hopkins, who described the scene that left a trail of blood across the floor as 'very disturbing,' called the health department immediately.
An environmental health inspector, Paul Lawson, reportedly arrived at the Chinese restaurant after the complaint to find a dead deer in the restaurant's kitchen. Lawson, who told WYMT that it was the craziest thing he had ever seen, also said that the owner's son admitted to picking up the deer off the side of I-75 north.
"They said they didn't know that they weren't allowed to. So that makes me concerned. But maybe they could have before. They didn't admit to doing it before," says Lawson.
The Red Flower Chinese Restaurant will not face any fines and will be able to reopen if they pass a secondary health inspection. The restaurant owner alleges that he was going to serve the deer to his family and not to customers.