Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

The big cats in Boston are celebrating - not with corned beef, but with 24oz cuts of dry-aged porterhouse and bone-in ribeye. Bengal tiger "Kya," white tiger "Taj" (3rd image), African lion "Leroy," and leopard "Mowgli" at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, Massachusetts, are enjoying 5-star meals thanks to the generosity of the Capital Grille in Boston's Back Bay. The steakhouse lost power from Tuesday night until Thursday due to a fire in a 115,000-volt transformer (extensive slideshow here). The staff quickly loaded the prime cuts into a refrigerated truck (1st and 2nd images), but decided to err on the side of caution. “We take the safety and well-being of our guests too seriously to take chances with the meat,” said spokesman Hunter Robinson. The restaurant donated the 2,500lbs of fresh steak ($20,000 worth) to the zoo. “This has never ever happened. He said, ‘We lost all our meat....Are you interested?' and I said, ‘Sure!' They were just so nice and gracious," related zoo owner Betsey R. Brewer. The cats - who each eat 20lbs of meat every 3 days - were happy to oblige. "The lion just loved it. He put his paws around it and chomped the bones and all,” said Brewer. The restaurant’s managing partner Chris Scott describes, “I watched the lion enjoy a Capital Grille steak just like many of our guests do.” The fresh meat will be frozen and doled out in 15-20lb increments. Without doing the meat math, the cats will be licking their chops for days to come...

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