It’s been a year since the Ixtapa in Lake Stevens was temporarily closed by the Snohomish Health District after at least 18 cases of E. coli poisoning were traced back to the restaurant.
Now, two women from Everett have filed a lawsuit against the restaurant seeking money to cover medical and other expenses they claim to be related to their illnesses, according to the lawsuit filed in Snohomish County Superior Court.
Sally Ring and Jean Jubie both ate at the restaurant last fall.
The lawsuit states that a week after Ring ate at the restaurant; she became ill with diarrhea and other medical problems and lost 20 pounds in less than a month. She was treated at Providence Medical Center in Everett. Jubie ate at the restaurant three days after Ring.
That lawsuit says that less than a week later, Jubie had stomach cramps and diarrhea. She too was treated at Providence Medical Center and was diagnosed with gastrointestinal bleeding colitis and dehydration. In 2008, a lawsuit was filed in behalf of Alison Riojas, 9, of Lake Stevens, after she became ill.
Snohomish Health District approved the reopening of Ixtapa after the entire restaurant and kitchen were cleaned and sanitized, all food in unsealed containers was thrown away and the staff was retrained on food safety. The Lake Stevens Ixtapa has not had any other reports of food poisoning in its 18 years in Lake Stevens.