San Francisco’s well-known Burma Superstar is voluntarily closing this weekend as officials with the San Francisco Department of Public Health believe it may have caused people to come down with E. coli recently.
In a statement, the Department of Public Health said they continue to investigate the outbreak, in which 14 people (11 San Francisco residents) contracted E. coli. 9 of those infected ate at Burma Superstar, located at 309 Clement Street, on August 16th or 17th.
Health officials said there have been no fatalities from those who were sickened and there have been no reported new cases since the exposure date.
The restaurant is fully cooperating with all investigations.
Burma Superstar owner Desmond Tan, in a statement, said “We understand that several customers who dined at our restaurant on or around August 17th were exposed to E. coli. We have been informed by the Department of Public Health that this is an isolated incident and we are fully cooperating with their investigation,” he said. “Burma Superstar has been in business for over 17 years, serving hundreds of people everyday and this is the first incident that we have ever had in our history. We have and continue to adhere to the highest food safety practices, including having DPH officials provide food safety seminars to our staff. Additionally, we have always utilized vendors that provide only the best ingredients.”
The restaurant will be closed over the weekend and Tan said they plan to reopen on Monday, September 2nd.