Southwicks cats get $20000 meal fit for a king of the jungle
Milford Daily News reported
Steak aficionados may cringe with jealousy to learn that the large cats at Southwick’s Zoo got a pricey meal on the house from The Capital Grille Boston Restaurant yesterday.
The ferocious felines got the grub thanks to a Back Bay blackout that knocked out the restaurant’s power Tuesday.
The customers’ loss was the zoo’s gain — 2,500 pounds of Grade A steaks, a gift worth about $20,000.
Zoo owner Betsy Brewer said she was thrilled to get the call from Capital Grille on Wednesday, because that much meat will go a long way to feeding the zoo’s African lion, Leroy, and his jungle cat friends, a leopard named Mowgli and two Bengal tigers: Kya, who is golden, and Taj, who is white.
“It’s amazing, because we feed them good quality meat, but it’s not every day that you get the top grade meat,” Brewer said hours before the meat arrived. “Even as human beings, we don’t eat at Capital Grille every day. ... When the meat comes, they’re going to get meals fit for the king of the jungle.”
An average steak dinner at the restaurant costs about $40.
Capital Grille spokesman Hunter Robinson said the restaurant has never donated raw meat to a zoo before but figured it was a good idea considering the circumstances.
“I think there were some concerns when we were packaging the meat, whether it would hold up with the power being out, and we definitely didn’t want the food to go to waste,” Robinson said. “It’s great to be able to put this meat to good use, knowing that we can’t use it in the restaurant, so it’s good to turn a negative to a positive.”
A transformer fire knocked out power to about 21,000 NStar customers throughout Boston on Tuesday night. The restaurant got power back around 1 p.m. yesterday, Robinson said.
Restaurant manager Chris Scott drove to the zoo around 1 p.m. to deliver the meat.
Brewer said the restaurant’s donation will save the zoo a lot of money in feeding costs, as there are expected to be a lot of leftovers.
“It costs thousands of dollars for us to feed the cats,” she said.