Suits: Three people contracted salmonella from Lake View restaurant

- Three people have filed two separate lawsuits against a North Side restaurant claiming they contracted salmonella after eating at the Lake View diner in 2014.

Both suits were filed by the same law firm on Monday in Cook County Circuit Court against Urban Esencia Kitchen at 3351 Broadway.

Nathan Sanders and Sara Lindsay claim in one suit that they ate at Urban Esencia Kitchen on Aug. 14, 2014. The following day, they began to suffer severe stomach cramps, chills and fever; and could not eat. Both received extensive medical treatment over the next several days and Lindsay tested positive for Salmonella, according to the suit.

Hunter Lehr claims he contracted salmonella after eating at the restaurant on August 13, 2014. The next day, Lehr began to suffer severe the same symptoms and coud not eat. He was admitted to the hospital for one week and tested positive for salmonella, the suit stated.

Each 3-count suit charges the restaurant with negligence, strict liability, and breach of implied warranty; and seeks a minimum of $90,000 in damages.

In September 2014, the Cook County Health Department investigated reports of a cluster of salmonella cases at Urban Esencia Kitchen. The State Health Department investigation showed salmonella sickened at least five people, including all three plaintiffs, according to the suits.

Urban Esencia Kitchen said Thursday morning it was unaware of the suits and did not want to comment.

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