A popular Japanese steakhouse and sushi bar in Santa Rosa County, Florida, abruptly closed its doors after seven customers were allegedly poisoned by drugs while dining at the establishment. The closure of Nikko Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar in Pace came as authorities launched an investigation into the reported poisonings, which first came to light in June. The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office has been tight-lipped about the source of the drugs found in the victims’ food, leaving many questions unanswered.
The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation on June 10th after receiving reports of multiple customers falling ill due to poisoning. Although the office has not disclosed how the drugs ended up in the food, they confirmed that the substances tested positive for narcotics. However, the specific type of drugs involved has not been revealed. Currently, all seven victims are receiving treatment at local hospitals, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.
Nikko Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, a long-standing establishment that had served customers for over a decade, vehemently denied any responsibility for the poisonings. The restaurant’s Facebook page stated that the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office had found no evidence linking them to the accusations. Additionally, the health department conducted a thorough inspection and gave the restaurant the green light to reopen. The statement on their Facebook page expressed frustration over the impact of social media, claiming that the allegations had led to harassment and ultimately forced the closure of the family-owned business, leaving 20 employees jobless.
As the investigation continues, there are no further details available regarding the poisoning incidents. The closure of the restaurant has left the community shocked and concerned about the safety of dining establishments in the area.