Thursday, March 17, 2016

More Than Two Dozen People Sickened after Eating at Wright's Farm in Burrillville, RI

An iconic Rhode Island restaurant that has been in business for more than 60 years is getting ready to reopen after a number of diners became ill there a few days ago.

The Providence Journal is reporting that approximately 30 people were sickened at Wright's Farm in Burrillville on Sunday night, with the patrons showing gastrointestinal symptoms after a young boy became sick in the restaurant. Health Department officials are waiting for test results to come back to see if it could be the norovirus, which is an airborne virus, and one that has been in the news of late after locations of Chipotle in Brighton and Billerica, MA, temporarily closed due to suspected norovirus outbreaks. Wright's Farm owner Frank Galleshaw says that they are steam cleaning the carpets and bleaching down the tables and hope to be open today, according to the Journal. (The eatery is only open Thursday through Sunday.)

[March 18 update: A Facebook post from the place indicates that Wright's Farm remains closed, with the plan being to continue the cleaning and sanitizing process over the coming days and reopening on Thursday, March 24.]

[March 21 update: Wright's Farm has confirmed that it will open back up on Thursday at 4:00 PM.]

Wright's Farm first opened in the 1950s, with the present owners purchasing the restaurant in 1972; the dining spot is known in part for its family-style chicken dinners.

The address for Wright's Farm is 84 Inman Road, Harrisville, RI, 02830. Its website can be found at

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