A restaurant owner in south-west Sydney has apologised to customers after a large rat was spotted in the establishment's shop window.
In a video shot by a passerby outside the Chinese restaurant in Minto, the large, furry rodent can be seen perched inside the restaurant window display, with its long tail hanging.
The video, which was posted on Facebook on Thursday, has attracted a mix of comments. Some have expressed disgust but others offered support for the longstanding establishment.
Emily Tang, the owner of Minto Chinese Restaurant, responded to the video on Facebook, describing it as an isolated incident.
She said the establishment had recently hired a pest consultant to "deal with the rodent," but after containing it to the front of the restaurant "we could not find the location where the rodent was entering the restaurant. Not until yesterday, were we able to locate the rat."
"We do not have a rodent problem and have never had one...yesterday a health inspector came in and inspected the kitchen and reception and she said the restaurant was clean and free from contamination, she also said the restaurant will not be receiving a fine or penalty notice," Ms Tang said.
"I apologise for any distress caused to our customers and the community, this is an isolated incident that will never happen again."
In a statement to News Corp, Campbelltown Council city development director Jim Baldwin said the inspection revealed nothing to validate a closure of the premises, while records showed the restaurant had undergone pest treatment in the last few weeks.
"This venue has a good compliance record and strong history of appropriate compliance with the Food Act 2003," Mr Baldwin said.