Lindenhurst woman suing Antioch restaurant over fireplace explosion

A Lindenhurst woman is suing a restaurant in Antioch for injuries allegedly sustained when an outdoor fireplace exploded last year while she and her husband were dining on the eatery’s terrace.

The explosion occurred around 7 p.m. on September 16, 2020, as LaVerne Burress and her husband Charles Burress were eating at Anastasia’s Restaurant & Sports Lounge, 950 Hillside Ave., according to the lawsuit filed in Lake County Court on Friday.

According to the lawsuit, LaVerne Burress suffered an injury to her Achilles tendon while fleeing the explosion, which later had to be operated on.

A representative from Anastasia’s Restaurant & Sports Lounge said the owner was unavailable for comment Tuesday.

According to the ad, an investigation revealed that the explosion was caused by a crack between the gas pipe and the hose on the chimney.

“LaVerne and Charles have a daughter who is getting married in October and instead of enjoying this special time and taking their daughter to events and dress appointments, LaVerne is in excruciating pain,” said John A. Mennie of Waukegan-based Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard law firm said in a press release on Tuesday.

“We hope this lawsuit will bring LaVerne the financial resources it needs to recover and heal, but we also hope it will help restaurants become aware of the important duty they have to their guests in the coming patio season to protect, ”he said.

The lawsuit claims at least $ 50,000 in damages and the plaintiff’s court costs, according to court documents.

The case is due to be brought to a judge on July 1st.

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