The Marion County Health Department in cooperation with Olive Garden, has closed a Castleton area restaurant after three people were hospitalized and nearly 300 people said they got sick after eating there.
Complaints continued to pour into the department this afternoon from people who ate at the restaurant from last Saturday through Wednesday. The cause of the sickness has not yet been determined, but health officials said earlier they believe it is a food borne illness.
My daughter used to work at this restaurant. She left because of the management, which was very poor according to her experience. So, in my inherent sarcasm, I'll say that this couldn't happen to a finer group.
But with that said, the illnesses are being investigated and regardless of my personal feeling about this executive crew, I am not sitting in a puddle of glee over this. Because, I could have been at that restaurant. I could have been one of those sickened, as I have eaten there before.
This couldn't come at a worse time from a business point of view. This particular store is right next to a mall and would have counted on this weekend's shoppers for much needed revenue, usually generated at this time of year. And it wouldn't be so bad, if it hadn't come so closely on the heels of the Taco Bell incidents on the east coast, earlier.
But it does raise the question, is anywhere going to be safe to eat?