HONOLULU — A sushi chain involved in Hawaii’s Hepatitis A outbreak says it has reopened for business and is seeing a steady flow of customers.
The state Department of Health last week cleared 10 Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and one on Kauai to reopen. The businesses were ordered closed last month after the state identified frozen scallops served raw at the restaurants as the probable source of the outbreak, which has sickened more than 250 people.
The chain says it’s seeing many of its regular customers return since the Oahu locations reopened Saturday, but that it’s going to take some time before business returns to normal, KITV-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2d2Qzfr). The Kauai restaurant has been closed for renovations but is set to reopen Friday.
The Hawaii Restaurant Association’s board members held their meeting at Genki’s Ward location on Thursday in show of support.
“It’s not the restaurant. It’s something that unfortunately was in a product.” says Gregg Fraser, executive director of the association. “The product has been removed, in fact all inventory was removed and replaced with brand new.”
Department of Health officials said they expect to see new cases of hepatitis A through the beginning of October because of the extended incubation period.
Information from: KITV-TV, http://www.kitv.com/index.html