Wright’s Farm reopens following norovirus outbreak

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. (WPRI) — Dinner was served Thursday at Wright’s Farm for the first time in nearly two weeks.

The Burrillville restaurant has been closed voluntarily since more than two dozen people came down with norovirus on March 13.

About thirty people reported feeling sick after eating at Wright’s, but the Department of Health determined the source of the norovirus was not the restaurant’s food, but a sick child who became ill in a public area of the restaurant.

Wright’s owner Frank Galleshaw told Eyewitness News they cleaned and sanitized every inch of the building, and double-washed every utensil and dish.

“Steam cleaned our carpets, rugs, cleaned our kitchen. Cleaned all of the tables, chairs, sanitized everything, sanitized our walls, windows, pictures,” he said. “Then we ran our plates, silverware, salt pepper shakers, we emptied all of those out, and ran everything through our dishwasher two times just to make sure that this place was ready to open up and everything was clean and sanitized.”

Despite losing a week’s worth of business, Galleshaw said there is a silver lining to the whole situation.

“We’re just really looking forward to our customers coming back,” he said. “We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback about us opening. It’s been really a nice experience for us, it’s been very heartwarming for the people calling us, telling us they realize this was not our fault, Wright’s Farm had nothing to do with it.”

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