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Water Leak Dampens Valentine's Dinners

Rattler's BBQ joint evacuated.

Posted: February 18, 2008 4:50 p.m.
Updated: April 18, 2008 5:02 a.m.
Some disappointed Valentine's Day diners unexpectedly got their meals "to go" on Thursday, after a local restaurant sprung a leak during the dinner rush hour.

Sometime before 7 p.m., Rattler's, the well-known barbecue joint near the intersection of Soledad and White's canyon roads, developed an unspecified plumbing problem in the kitchen area.

According to general manager Travis Hastings, a plumber was quickly called in, and the problem was eventually taken care of. However, in the meantime staff had to empty the restaurant, which was full of regulars, many of them celebrating Valentine's Day "a deux."

Hastings said the restaurant regretted the inconvenience, but staff tried to handle it as well as they could.
"We did our best to make it up to people by boxing up their meals, and by offering them gift certificates," Hastings said.

Matt, a regular patron who asked that his last name not be used, said the gift certificate he got was not enough to make up for the disappointment he felt after his special Valentine's Dinner with his girlfriend was ruined.

"First we had to wait 25 minutes for a table, then halfway through they told us we had to leave," he said. "Everyone else got their food boxed up except us. It was a bad experience all around."

Hastings said that the restaurant's planned new location near the intersection of Golden Valley Road and Carl Boyer Drive will be less problem-prone than the current premises.

"We're looking forward to never having to deal with that again," he said, referring to the leak. "Hopefully we will see our customers at the new place on March 5."


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