Monday, June 21, 2010

Vinnie's Is Hosed

Man claims to find oil in oyster at Cornelius restaurant

"CORNELIUS, NC (WBTV) - A man says he found oil inside his oysters while eating at a restaurant located north of Charlotte this weekend.
Matthew Robertson is fascinated at the thought that an oyster from the Gulf Coast that was possibly soaked in oil made it onto his dinner plate.
"I rubbed it on my napkin and I said 'Hey, Dad look, there's oil on my oysters,'" said Robertson.
He was so surprised at what he found, he kept one of the oysters to show our cameras.
WBTV reporter Sarah Batista noticed there was a black substance stuck to the inside of the oyster.
"That is definitely tar, that is not on oysters, "said Robertson.
Robertson said he noticed the oil Saturday evening when he went to dinner at Vinnie's Raw Bar which is located near Lake Norman.
The first few oysters he consumed were fine, but then he noticed something unusual.

"After I ate about four of them, I started looking at my hands and I'm like--what is this stuff on my hands," said Robertson.
Roy Hall is the manager of Vinnie's Raw Bar and he admits the substance in the oyster appeared to be oil.
He said possible food contamination is a concern in the seafood industry right now.
In fact, suppliers are scrambling to find fresh oysters and the cost is rising."


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