[UPDATE] Prosperity Dumpling Closes After Back Alley Kitchen Rat Photo Surfaces

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[UPDATE BELOW] Prosperity Dumpling has closed following publication of a gruesome photograph of dumplings being assembled in an alley beside some rats and trash. Sorry everyone?

On the bright side, it's almost certainly only temporary.

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After the Health Department saw the photo yesterday, a spokesperson told us this morning that "the Department has treated this photo as a complaint and will investigate." Apparently they didn't have to probe too deeply, since it was shuttered this afternoon.

We're awaiting more details, and will update this post when we get them.

Update, 6 p.m.: Speaking by phone, the owners' 21-year-old daughter said, "We'll reopen as soon as possible."

"We care about all of our customers. We always try to make the best dumplings and the freshest dumplings for everyone, but anyway, we made a mistake and we're trying to fix it. We will keep the inside of the store clean and the outside clean."

Reporting by Jeffrey E. Singer

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