Garbanzo reopens after employee tests positive for COVID-19


Photo: Parker Purifoy

Mediterranean restaurant Garbanzo opened on Emerson’s campus in August.

By Charlie McKenna

Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh’s shut down Monday came after a staffer tested positive for COVID-19, college officials announced in an email Tuesday.

The restaurant plans to reopen for normal hours Wednesday, Assistant Vice President for Campus Life, and “COVID Lead” Erik Muurisepp said in the email. 

The email did not specify when the college learned of the positive test.

The on-campus eatery closed on Oct. 19. A sign posted on the Boylston Street entrance said Garbanzo was closed for “deep cleaning” Monday. 

Garbanzo received clearance from the city to reopen after following Boston Public Health guidance surrounding disinfection, clearing, and sanitation. 

The restaurant, which opened in August, is a popular dining spot on campus, as it accepts board bucks—the currency applied to on-campus students’ meal plans. 

College officials could not immediately be reached for comment.