Rats aren't cute characters like in the movie "Ratatouille" – nope. They're vermin that spread like wild fire. Unfortunately for a local Dunkin' Donuts store an infestation of them has forced the store to close until they're able to rid the place of these vermin.

The Dunkin’ Donuts store at 5165 Main St. in Williamsville is going to be closed for at least a week while it deals with the problem discovered by the health department earlier this month.

Inspectors found rat droppings throughout the store during an inspection on Feb. 5 and ordered the owner to hire an exterminator to remove the rats.

The Dunkin' Donuts Corporation released the following statement:

“The franchisee proactively closed the restaurant and took immediate steps to conduct a thorough cleaning and pest management evaluation to ensure the restaurant meets our food safety and quality standards,” said Heather McIntyre, a company spokeswoman. “At Dunkin’ Donuts, food safety is a top priority and nothing is more important to us than operating a clean and safe restaurant. We have stringent food safety and quality standards, and we take great pride in the food and beverages we serve to our guests every day.”