MALICIOUS rumours about standards at a Cantonese restaurant have been rubbished following months of unfounded gossip.
Several stories have been circulating about the China Rose Restaurant in South Parade, Bawtry, upsetting Estelle Johnston, a partner of one of the owners, Louis Wan.
The business has been going for 27 years but it has suffered from rumours including false reports of it being closed down, bankruptcy and unclean kitchens. Ms Johnston said the latest story concerns a diner allegedly choking on a dog microchip in food served at the China Rose.
“The microchip incident apparently happened on a Friday night with medics, police and the RSPCA being called but none of the staff knew anything about it,” she added.
“Customers have been ringing up for Christmas bookings and asking if we’re still open or, worse, asking for deposits back.
“We operate to a very high standard and we just don’t want anyone being put off because there is absolutley no truth in these stories.
“Whoever starts these nasty rumours obviously has no idea of the consequences because people can lose their business as a result of this.”
Peter Dale, Director of Regeneration and Environment at Doncaster Council, said: “The inspection of food at the restaurant has always shown good quality, reliably sourced, meat on the premises and never any suggestion of anything unusual.”