OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — With all testing complete, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment said on Thursday that there were three positive cases of norovirus at the Buffalo Wild Wings, 7030 W 105th Street.
The Overland Park Buffalo Wild Wings was under investigation from local health authorities after several patrons reported illnesses.
The Johnson County Department of Health of Environment worked with the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment, the Kansas Dept. of Agriculture, and the City of Overland Park to determine the cause of gastrointestinal illness that affected at least 10 people who visited the bar and grill on West 105th Street.
A report from the Kansas Department of Agriculture from a Jan. 30 visit to the Buffalo Wild Wings found 18 health violations, among them an employee seen wiping his nose with the back of a gloved hand and returning to work, and several bottles of liquor seen with small dead insects inside.
An employee restroom was also found to have boxes of napkins and uniforms blocking the sink, and the faucet did not have working hot water.
A Buffalo Wild Wings spokesperson released the following statement.
We take food safety very seriously, and following a report Saturday of potential illness by the Health Department, we decided to close the Overland Park restaurant to allow for a third-party vendor to conduct a thorough cleaning. Although there is no conclusive link to our restaurant being the source of the illness, we voluntarily took these actions out of an abundance of caution. The restaurant re-opened Sunday following consultation with the Health Department.
Some residents and patrons in the Johnson County, Kansas area have been concerned about recent illnesses linked to area restaurants. A Shawnee Chipotle restaurant was linked to an E. Coli outbreak in September, and a recent outbreak of norovirus affected hundreds of customers of the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park.
Regarding the Buffalo Wild Wings cases, the source of the illness could not be confirmed. The health department said there have been no additional reports.