The iconic Wright’s Farm in Burrillville is open once again. The restaurant shuttered after a norovirus outbreak.
Wright’s Farm, which specializes in family-style chicken dinners, was forced to close after an infected child was sick on the premises early last week. The owners hoped to reopen within a few days, but were delayed due to extensive cleanup guided by the health department.
Restaurant spokesman Matt Blanchette said the restaurant took a hit.
“They serve an average of ten-thousand people in a four-day week,” said Blanchette. “So I don’t have an exact dollar number for you, but you can imagine, not having ten-thousand customers in certainly reflects some value there, as well as the cost of cleaning up.”
But Blanchette said Thursday’s reopening was met with outpouring of community support.
“In fact they had a group of other restaurant owners that came in to dine, just to show their solidarity for them, and to let them know that we feel bad that this happened to you.”
This is the longest the stretch the restaurant was shut down in its fifty year history.