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Archive for Sunday, April 15, 2007

Restaurant serving gators, snakes closing

April 15, 2007

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— Stockton, Calif., diners with adventurous palates have less than two months to try rattlesnake, alligator and other exotic meats.

The restaurant Taboo by the Delta is closing its doors June 1 when its owner retires after 10 years in business.

Along with gators and rattlesnake, Taboo served shark, frog legs and turtle.

The name of the restaurant reflects the hidden allure of "things that are forbidden. Things that would hurt you," owner Jesse "Boo" Burkett said. "People just buy into it."

Burkett said he stopped serving kangaroo and black bear in 2004 after the California Department of Fish and Game told him it was illegal.

"People are so curious to things that are different," Burkett said. However, he acknowledged, "you do get negative reactions from people sometimes."

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