Live Chickens Found Just Chilling in Japanese Steakhouse Kitchen

July 31, 2015

The owner says they were for personal consumption.

Freshness is great and all, but poultry intended for consumption should generally be dead before it is brought into a restaurant kitchen. Health inspectors in Sumter, S.C. were surprised recently when they discovered a restaurant called Kobe Japanese Steakhouse was harboring live chickens in its kitchen, reports WLTX.

Owner Amy Zhao says a friend gave her the chickens on June 30; she says she wasn’t planning to serve them in the restaurant, but rather intended to “cook them for her son.” Unfortunately for Zhao, the health department showed up the same day for…