Friday, June 4, 2004

Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One…

Alligator Walks Into Restaurant

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Alligator wasn’t on the menu at Cafe Creme, but it got pretty close to the kitchen.

A 4-foot gator sauntered through the rear door of the German-American restaurant Tuesday night. It was eventually removed by animal control officers who relocated it to a local wildlife preserve.

“Now we can say it’s alligator alley here,” owner Hans J. Hummer told The Stuart News.

Hummer said he was at home when a waitress called and told him about the gator, which was near the kitchen.

“We were thinking it’s a joke,” Hummer said.

Animal control supervisor Melissa Behres said she has seen alligators in homes and pools, but never a restaurant.

“I guess they’re going to keep the back door closed now,” Behres said.

Hummer said his restaurant serves German delicacies, including sauerbraten with potato pancakes, but not alligator.

This is mating season for alligators, and the reptiles often wander in search of love, or seek new bodies of water to escape larger, territorial males.[Channel 10]

The waiter says to the alligator “Is that for here or to go?” and the alligator replies, “Just put it in my bag.” (Rimshot.)