Hamburger Restaurant Temporarily Closes after Rat Video

Teddy's, Mapunapuna, Honolulu

Teddy's Bigger Burgers, a growing franchise chain founded off Waikiki in Hawaii in 1998, is paying dearly for a prank by one of its teenaged employees. A video posted online showed what appeared to be a rat or mouse being cooked on a grill at Teddy's Mapunapuna (an industrial section of Honolulu) location.

Virtually everyone on the island of Oahu, where Honolulu, Waikiki and the North Shore are located, knows Teddy's—it is not an obscure hamburger joint. The chain not only has numerous locations on the island of Oahu, it has expanded to Maui and the U.S. mainland, as well as overseas.

Hawaii News Now, a TV channel, reports that upon learning of the video, the franchisor shut down the restaurant where it was filmed. It remains closed as its equipment is replaced and the location thoroughly cleaned.

“We are horrified that a former teenage employee would conduct themselves in that way and make such a video of which we are investigating its authenticity,” said Teddy’s President Richard Stula, in a statement to Hawaii News Now.

Photo: Temporarily closed Teddy's Bigger Burgers in the indoor Moanalua 99 food court/shopping center, located in the Mapunapuna district of Honolulu.