Grillbird Teriyaki closes TFN after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Thanks for the tips on this: Grillbird Teriyaki announced this afternoon that it’s closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The note posted online and on Grillbird’s door:

We are closed until further notice

On Wednesday July 8th, a staff member at Grillbird tested positive for COVID-19. This individual was not customer facing and was immediately sent home to recover. Our entire staff will receive testing over the next couple days.

As a result of this positive test, we will be closing our doors temporarily so that we can wait for the results and disinfect/clean the restaurant. Our hope is to re-open as soon as possible, but until we can test everyone on our team, we cannot re-open. Your health and safety along with the health and safety of our team are of the utmost importance to us. We will be taking every precaution to ensure that when we do re-open, the environment will be safe.

We share this so we can be 100% transparent with all of our loyal customers and community that have been so supportive of Grillbird since we’ve opened.

We are grateful that our staff member who tested positive is not exhibiting any symptoms. We operate with a strict mask-wearing policy in our kitchens and at the counter, and will continue to reinforce this and rigorous daily cleaning practices. Please stay tuned about our reopening dates. We love you all and look forward to serving you again soon.

Matt & Danette

23 Replies to "Grillbird Teriyaki closes TFN after employee tests positive for COVID-19"

  • Steve July 8, 2020 (6:40 pm)

    Thank you for being upfront…unlike Dukes that waited days to tell anyone about their first outbreak.

  • MW July 8, 2020 (6:52 pm)

    Appreciate their transparency and making sure they are taking precautions.  Can’t wait for them to reopen. 

  • sam-c July 8, 2020 (7:29 pm)

    Thank you for taking that pro-active step Grillbird.  Hope everyone stays healthy !

  • flimflam July 8, 2020 (7:36 pm)

    wow, wondering just how safe this is for our restaurant workers…

  • Chris July 8, 2020 (7:39 pm)

    Thanks Grill Bird! We are still there to support you after you reopen. Love those greens.

    • Sunflower July 8, 2020 (9:55 pm)


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  • 22blades July 8, 2020 (7:39 pm)

    Thank you! That’s how to handle it.

  • Trickycoolj July 8, 2020 (7:48 pm)

    Testing the whole staff even though they don’t have symptoms, fantastic!  Dukes told their people not to worry about testing.  And that’s the difference.  Hope everyone fares well!

  • JenT July 8, 2020 (8:25 pm)

    Thanks to them for being honest. We love their take out and look forward to their return. 

  • Gina July 8, 2020 (8:33 pm)

    Get well soon!

  • TreeHouse July 8, 2020 (8:59 pm)

    I so appreciate the honesty and accountability of Grill Bird. I can’t wait to return for some amazing teriyaki.

  • Ed July 8, 2020 (9:08 pm)

    Thanks for being proactive, using our community blog to communicate. Hope you’re all well now and in the coming days. I will say though, when I drove buy and saw you were closed, I said wait no it’s not Monday! What’s goin on haha. Be well-

    • Nope July 9, 2020 (12:52 am)

      Every time they deflect off into deep cleaning they miss the point. It spreads because workers are too close together, not wearing masks, and are working indoors without enough ventilation.  It may just be that you can’t run a restaurant in a pandemic with people working shoulder to shoulder in a  kitchen ?

      • JR July 9, 2020 (3:41 pm)

        Every single time I’ve been to Grillbird they’ve been wearing masks, keeping distance, and wearing and regularly changing gloves. They’ve removed all furniture from the restaurant proper and do curbside ordering.In my opinion, they’ve done everything they can to try to mitigate risk.

  • lowmanbeachdrive July 8, 2020 (9:40 pm)

    What is TFN?

    • Sam-c July 8, 2020 (9:46 pm)

      Til further notice

    • Joel July 8, 2020 (9:49 pm)

      until further notice – ?

  • mikey chen July 9, 2020 (12:16 am)

    I love them for being transparent will be eating there in the future

  • Neighbor July 9, 2020 (7:48 am)

    Grillbird – Thank you for acting responsibly and for being concerned about the health of your staff and customers.

  • Blm marcher July 9, 2020 (8:13 am)

    Grillbird was also passing out free chicken strips to BLM marchers last month too. Glad they care for their community and employees on all fronts.Once they are back open looking forward to getting takeout.

  • Elikapeka July 9, 2020 (7:45 pm)

    Thanks for being responsible and transparent.  We’ll be back when you reopen!

  • Jim July 9, 2020 (10:25 pm)

    These guys have been conducting their operation professionally since day one. Much respect to their transparency and precautions. They’ve been really careful every time I’ve ordered from there. I hope everyone is well and they open again soon. Great workers, responsible business owner, and delicious food.

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