Power of media, Broadway actor claims he was ill after dining at Chipotle

Kate Taylor of Business Insider writes:

Chipotle’s shares dropped after a Broadway star blamed the burrito chain for a recent illness.
“I, as you can see, am in the hospital and I have fluids in my arm because the food did not agree with me and I almost died,” People reported that Jeremy Jordan, a Broadway actor and star of “Supergirl,” said in an Instagram story on Thursday.
The story of Jordan’s illness picked up media coverage over the weekend.
On Monday, Chipotle’s stock fell up to 5.9% — the lowest level in almost five years, according to Bloomberg.
Chipotle denied any link between Jordan’s illness and the chain.
“We were sorry to hear Jeremy was sick and were able to get in touch with him directly regarding where and when he ate,” spokesman Chris Arnold said in an email to Business Insider. “There have been no other reported claims of illness at the restaurant where he dined. We take all claims seriously, but we can’t confirm any link to Chipotle given the details he shared with us.”
The reaction shows just how susceptible Chipotle is to concerns about food safety.
In 2016, the company’s stock dropped 3.5% after a single report on Twitter said that someone had gotten sick after eating at a Manhattan Chipotle.
Chipotle is still struggling to build sales following an E. coli outbreak in late 2015 that sickened more than 50 people in 14 states.
In October, Chipotle’s shares fell nearly 12% after missing expectations for its most recent quarter. The company’s revenue reached $1.13 billion in the quarter, falling short of the $1.14 billion estimate.

A Microwaved Burrito Filled with E. coli set for FringeNYC

A Microwaved Burrito Filled with E. coli is a cracked-out comedy starring Molly “Equality” Dykeman (who returns to the Fringe Festival after the hit 2011 comedy The F*cking World According to Molly), NYC’s favorite poet/security www.amicrowavedburrito.comguard.

This time, Molly attends a lesbian wedding reception at a Mexican restaurant so far out in Brooklyn, that it’s probably in Queens. It’s here that she meets a Southern chatterbox waitress, Angie Louise Angelone. While Molly just wants to escape the wedding and eat some microwaved nachos in peace, she ends up getting something with more hidden layers than a bean dip.

NY woman takes cat on ‘romantic dinner date’ at restaurant

A woman took a cat to dinner Tuesday evening at a Broadway restaurant, sitting the feline across from her at their outdoor table before leaving without ordering any food, a witness said.

cat.rest.may.15The pair was at the Upper West branch of RedFarm, according to local resident Jessie Auritt, who snapped a picture of the unusual sight and posted it to her Instagram account.

The cat, bedecked in a red bandana and attached to a leash the woman had loosely looped around her wrist, is shown in the photo sitting up in its chair during the “romantic dinner date for two,” she quipped in her post.

RedFarm owner Ed Schoenfeld said it wasn’t the first time the woman and her cat turned up at his restaurant.

“This woman has tried to eat at our restaurant previously with her cat and we’ve denied her service in order to be compliant with the law,” he explained.

The state health code states that pets, except for service animals or police dogs, are not allowed in restaurants or outdoor dining areas, a Health Department spokesman said.

Virginia teens hospitalized after they fell ill during ‘Phantom of the Opera’ matinee

More than a dozen Virginia teens on a class trip to New York City were hospitalized Saturday after they fell ill during a matinee of the perennial Broadway hit, “The Phantom of the Opera.”

Paramedics were called to the Majestic Theater on W. 44th St. at about 3:30 p.m. as students began complaining of stomach pains. The teens appeared to be suffering from phantom_operanorovirus, a FDNY source said.

“They probably all ate at the same place,” the source said.

The students were taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center for evaluation.

The 2 p.m. show at the Majestic Theater — where Phantom’s been playing since 1988 — wasn’t interrupted as the sickened students were ushered out.

“A couple of people got sick, but the play went on,” a worker said.

Rudd: Making people puke is a whole different league: theatergoer vomits over the balcony

I Love You, Man star and seemingly all-around nice guy Paul Rudd had to observe barfing during a performance of his new Broadway play, Grace.

As first reported by Gothamist, and recounted in New York Magazine, about midway through the show, somebody in the mezzanine vomited over the balcony and onto the people below. A representative at O&M, which handles public relations for the Cort Theater, told us that it appeared the patron was drunk. But that might not be the whole story, according to eyewitness Gabe Alfassy.

Though sitting near the front of the orchestra section at the time, Alfassy says he was able to look back and see the entire incident clearly. It all started when the man in question — who appeared to be elderly, according to Alfassy — passed out. He “fell forward so that he was leaning/hanging over the balcony,” Alfassy recalled. “Then as people were trying to get him back up and into his seat, he threw up all over the people below him in the orchestra and then collapsed on the floor of the balcony. A group of about twenty formed around where he was, and everyone in the theater was looking back at the commotion …The stench of the vomit was a little overwhelming, and many people were noticeably uncomfortable, and of course everyone who was vomited on left.”

Bystanders called 911, and although the man was eventually able to get up and return to his seat, Alfassy is unsure what ultimately became of him. In other words, it’s not quite clear whether this is a gross/hilarious story about an old dude who drank too much, or a sad story about an ill elderly man. Either way, throughout the entire crazy episode, the show never stopped:

The actors kept it together, but Paul Rudd was trying to see what was going on during it all, and Michael Shannon was noticeably agitated by what was happening and started speaking much louder than before while staring at the huge group in the balcony. At the end of the show, they all made jokes about it, Paul Rudd saying how as an actor being able to move people to tears or to laughter is amazing but moving them to puking is a whole different league. 

Broadway theaters get served with health department violations

WNYC reports that even though they’re not cooking any food, Broadway theaters are getting letter grades from the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The Broadway venues, along with Off-Broadway and movie theaters, are included in the city’s restaurant grading program because they operate concession stands. Many of the stands aren’t performing very well.

Although final grades are still pending for most theaters, at least 15 of them have already been written up for violations that range from mice to bad plumbing in preliminary inspections.

According to Variety editor Gordon Cox, theaters are getting bad scores because they are housed in very old buildings.

In a written statement, a health department spokesperson said, "Even with the limited food and drink offerings typically found at theaters, there is a risk of food borne illness if food safety practices are not followed."