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Center City Restaurant Ready To Bounce Back From City's Sewer Rat Problem

By John Ostapkovich

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- A center city restaurant, closed after a rat sighting there made a big splash on the Internet, is ready to reopen tomorrow, following repairs and a good scrubbing.

Stephen Slaughter, managing partner of the Green Eggs Café at 13th and Locust Streets, traces the rodent problem to a storm drain failure under the street.

"What happened was, it broke inside the street," he tells KYW Newsradio, "and that's what created, I guess, a hole in the sidewalk, and that's what allowed them to work their way eventually into the building."

Among the physical fixes, Slaughter says, has been laying a four-inch concrete barrier around the building to prevent any future invasions.

As to the inside, he says, "a company came out and sanitized the entire building: kitchens, walls, floors.  We actually refinished our tabletops, sanded them down and put a new coat of lacquer on them."

Slaughter now plans to update customers on what's been done in the wake of the shocking and gross Twitter postings (see previous story), and is hopeful that customer loyalty will get business booming again.

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