Black Angus Grill reopens after broken water line

February 6, 2019

DANBURY — Barbarie’s Black Angus Grill has reopened after a frozen water pipe burst and shut down the restaurant over the weekend.

Kitchen staff discovered the broken pipe on Saturday and forced the restaurant to close its doors Saturday and Sunday while waiting for a plumbing crew to arrive to fix the system, restaurant owner Karen Barbarie said.

It’s the second time in as many months that the restaurant has unexpectedly closed.

“We’ve had a streak of bad luck,” Barbarie said Tuesday afternoon. “But we’ve gotten so much support from people who have come in and said they’d seen our luck and wanted to help.”

The Barbaries voluntarily shut down for 24 hours just after Christmas when city health officials received a rash of food-related illness complaints, including people who had dined at the restaurant.

It reopened under the supervision of the city health department and although the cause of the norovirus remains under investigation, health inspectors determined it was not because bad food had been served at the restaurant, said Lisa Morrissey, director of the city’s Department of Health and Human Services.

Instead, norovirus is a common illness spread throughout the winter and instances of norovirus continue to be spread throughout the city, regardless of any relation to a specific restaurant, Morrissey said.


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