Kumo Japanese Restaurant in Stony Brook Closing For Good

After 28 individuals fell ill there on September 9th prompting multiple 911 calls and a number of lawsuits filed against them, Kumo Japanese Restaurant has announced that it will close forever on Sunday, September 24th.

A statement attributed to the restaurant mentioned that the owners expressed their regret for the incident.

“The entire team at Kumo expresses our deepest regret and we apologize to those impacted by the recent situation at our restaurant,” the statement read. “We understand the seriousness of the matter and we continue to cooperate with all parties to fully understand the cause. In light of the recent events, we have made the very difficult decision to permanently close the restaurant. Our last day of operation will be Sunday, September 24, 2023.”

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services issued about 15 violations to Kumo Sushi & Steakhouse in Stony Brook, including eight for food-borne illness risk factors.

John P. Ruggiero, the attorney for the owners of Kumo, said that cooked hibachi rice was not being rapidly-cooled in accordance with Suffolk County Department of Health guidelines. They reviewed those guidelines with the staff and the new procedure was immediately implemented.

Other restaurants with similar names have been swept up in the controversy even though they have no association with the one in Stony Brook.

“We wish to reiterate that there are no business connections between these operations and ours,” the owners said in their statement. “We hope the Long Island community will continue to support those establishments as you have supported us throughout the years.”

Gift card balances will be refunded if the holders email [email protected] with their gift card number. The restaurant promised to respond within 48 hours of being contacted.

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