Earlier this week, local media reported some 55 patrons and employees developed symptoms similar to norovirus that caused the Cowfish Sushi Bar and Grill to close Saturday. Now, the owners of the popular restaurant decided to voluntarily close for the rest of the week in response to reports of illness from three guests who visited our restaurant after reopening on Sunday.
Alan Springate, owner of The Cowfish said yesterday on the restaurant’s official Facebook page: “We received these reports today and immediately notified the Mecklenburg County Health Department. We will remain closed at least through Sunday to allow time for a professional cleaning company to sanitize the restaurant again, and ensure all potential sources of the suspected virus have been eliminated.
“We also will continue to work with health officials to be sure we are doing everything possible to protect the health and safety of our guests and employees. We appreciate the support we have received from our guests and the diligence of our staff. Again, we want to express our sincere apology to everybody who has been affected by this regrettable situation.”
Mecklenberg County health officials say health inspectors continue investigating the cause of the illness. While the reported symptoms resemble those caused by the Norovirus, there are no confirmed cases at this time.