Shelby County Restaurant Closed After Dozens of Diners are Sickened

SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Health officials are investigating complaints that several dozen people became ill after eating at a well-known Shelby County restaurant on Easter Sunday.

About 70 people have contacted health officials complaining of becoming sick after eating at Claudia Sanders Dinner House, regional public health director Renee Blair said Wednesday. The restaurant outside Shelbyville is named for the widow of Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Colonel Harland Sanders.

Louise Riley, the restaurant's general manager, said the business is expecting a preliminary report from the health department Thursday.

"We're hoping we'll be vindicated, so we're waiting for this report," Riley said.

Blair said while officials have been contacted by the family of a man who died Tuesday night, claiming he ate at the restaurant Sunday, there's no conclusive evidence linking the man's death to the restaurant.

The restaurant was closed temporarily by health officials, Blair
said. The restaurant served just over 2,500 people on Easter - one
of its busiest days of the year, she said.

The restaurant received an "A" rating in its last public health inspection earlier this year, according to Blair.

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