Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Chipotle in Brighton's Cleveland Circle Closed After Diners Become Ill

A Brighton restaurant is closed for the time being after a number of people--including some college basketball players--became sick from eating at the place.

WCVB Boston is reporting that 30 people who ate at Chipotle in Cleveland Circle were sickened--possibly from E. coli--after dining there, forcing the eatery to shut down while local health officials work with the Beacon Street spot to investigate. The article mentions that those affected include at least eight Boston College basketball players among others from the school, with BC sending the following alert to students: "The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has been notified and is working to determine if there is a link to the ongoing national outbreak of E. coli." (So far, a connection has not been made between this and a nationwide outbreak that has affected at least 52 diners in nine states.)

[December 10 update: According to multiple reports--including an article from WBUR--city health officials have discovered that diners at the Cleveland Circle location of Chipotle actually became sick by norovirus, which is a contagious gastrointestinal illness. The post also says that more than 120 students from Boston College are now ill from the virus, and that it is spreading to people who did not eat at Chipotle (which remains closed for the time being).]

[December 22 update: The Boston Business Journal mentions that the Cleveland Circle location of Chipotle should be reopening later this week, pending work license paperwork that confirms the eatery has been disinfected along with a final inspection. The BBJ also says that a total of 140 people were infected with a sick employee being the cause, and the manager who did not send the worker home has been let go.]

[December 23 update: According to a new post from the WCVB site, Boston Inspectional Services has stated that Chipotle in Cleveland Circle is now disinfected, and if the eatery passes inspection today, it will be able to reopen.]

[December 23 update #2: WHDH states that health inspectors have given Chipotle the green light to open tomorrow.]

[December 24 update: @7News says that Chipotle will not be opening today after all because it has a water leak.]

The Cleveland Circle location of Chipotle is located at 1924 Beacon Street.

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