The Barry Eaton District Health Department is continuing to investigate reports of digestive illness in individuals who ate at Tequila’s Mexican Grill in Charlotte between Saturday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 18. The restaurant is cooperating with the investigation; all ready-to-eat food that had been prepared between Sunday, June 16 and Tuesday, June 18 was discarded. Environmental cleaning was completed June 19 and the health department interviewed all staff, according to an update from the health department.
On Wednesday, June 19 the restaurant completed environmental cleaning and the health department completed interviews with all staff. “After these public health interventions BEDHD allowed Tequila’s Mexican Grill to re-open with health department oversight at approximately 12:30 p.m. on June 19,” the update said.
Thirty nine individuals have reported feeling ill after eating at the restaurant. BEDHD is interviewing individuals that reported feeling well, and those who reported feeling ill, after eating at the Grill. The source of the illness is still unknown and the investigation is ongoing, according to the update from the department.
Those who ate at the Grill at 430 N Cochran Ave, Charlotte on Saturday, June 15 through Tuesday, June 18 and are feeling ill, especially with nausea, abdominal cramping, vomiting, or diarrhea, are asked to contact BEDHD’s Environmental Health Division at (517) 541-2615. Those feeling sick may also contact their health care provider.
BEDHD will provide updates on the investigation. To access this information visit the Barry-Eaton District Health Department’s website at www.barryeatonhealth.org.
ORIGINAL STORY: On the evening of June 18, the Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD) temporarily closed Tequila’s Mexican Grill in Charlotte. The closing was ordered after gastrointestinal (digestive) illness was reported by 10 individuals who ate at the restaurant for lunch on Sunday, June 16. BEDHD is conducting an investigation of the restaurant and the illnesses, according to a news release from the health department.
The BEDHD received the first complaint the morning of June 18 and a second later in the day after an investigation had begun. The restaurant will not open before employees are interviewed by health department staff as part of the investigation. Next steps for Tequila’s Mexican Grill will be decided based on the results of these interviews. The restaurant is cooperative and participating in the investigation.
All known individuals who were ill report feeling better.
Those who ate at Tequila’s Mexican Grill at 430 North Cochran Avenue from Sunday, June 16 through Tuesday, June 18 and are feeling ill, especially with nausea, abdominal cramping, vomiting, or diarrhea, are asked to contact BEDHD’s Environmental Health Division at 517-541-2615. They should also contact their health care provider.