More than 260 sickened after eating at Greece restaurant


    More than 260 people were sickened after eating at a Greece restaurant around Thanksgiving, the Monroe County Department of Health said Tuesday. (WHAM photo)

    Greece, N.Y. (WHAM) - More than 260 people were sickened after eating at a Greece restaurant around Thanksgiving, the Monroe County Department of Health said Tuesday.

    Golden Ponds Restaurant and Partyhouse on Long Pond Road in Greece remains closed after an investigation. They are still waiting for test results to determine what made people sick after eating Thanksgiving dinner there.

    13WHAM obtained health inspection documents that show Golden Ponds Restaurant was inspected four times since November 1.

    The first visit noted 18 violations including mouse droppings.

    On November 15, many issues were noted as corrected and the inspector jotted down three violations.

    But, it was just over a week later an inspector immediately went back on Black Friday because dozens reported getting sick.

    "This is a very large outbreak," said John Ricci of the Monroe County Department of Public Health. "These people started getting sick, I think it was somewhere around 12 hours after they ate the meal."

    On November 25, an inspector noted 17 violations and "very poor sanitary conditions." Details include a seven-day-old piece of discolored top round, food spills and mold on the walls and floor of the walk-in refrigerator and mildew growing inside the ice maker.

    "That Thanksgiving Day meal is pretty clearly the only thing in common that these 260 people have, something pretty clearly went wrong with that meal," said Ricci.

    While many have already proclaimed they will not be returning to the restaurant, long-time customers say they'll give Golden Ponds another chance.

    "I think the owner, who has been there for a long time, will take care of it and get back on his feet," said George Walton who has eaten at the restaurant numerous times the past 25 years.

    The initial estimate for the number of people sickened was originally around 60.

    After a 13WHAM News report aired back in November, the number of reports began to grow.

    It remains unclear if or when the restaurant will be allowed to re-open.

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