Captain Al’s Steak & Shrimp, a Gulfport restaurant that closed last week, reopened Thursday, an announcement it posted on its Facebook page said.
According to the Captain Al’s Facebook page, operating hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The state Health Department closed the restaurant at 11268 Lorraine Road on Jan. 3 after reports that 40 people became ill after eating there. After the Sun Herald reported on the illnesses Tuesday, the department heard from “a whole lot more folks who have identified illness,” state epidemiologist Paul Byars said.
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People who posted on stories on the Sun Herald website said they began falling ill about Dec. 19 after eating at Captain Al’s.
The restaurant posted a notice on its front door that said it was closed for remodeling. Its Facebook post mentioned the notice, saying the restaurant has routinely closed after the holidays for maintenance and any refurbishing that has to be done.
The post also addressed the reports of people falling ill after eating at the restaurant.