Honolulu restaurant closes for good after E. coli outbreak

Making people barf can be bad for business.

KITV4 News reports a Korean restaurant that the health department temporarily shut down this spring because of an E. coli bacteria outbreak has closed for good.

Peppa’s Korean Barbeque on King Street closed Friday because its business never returned after bad publicity from an E. coli incident there, according to its owner.

Owner Chong Kim told KITV 4 News the Korean restaurant lost a lot of business after the E. coli outbreak in April, so it had to shut down.

“The people, they stopped coming,” Kim said.

On April 1, the state health department temporarily suspended Peppa’s permit, shutting it down after four people who had eaten there were sickened with E. coli infections.

An investigation found the restaurant’s kitchen staff mixed raw meat with vegetables, which can spread bacteria.