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Crime & Courts

Woman sues St. Charles restaurant over sushi bar tumble

ST. CHARLES – A woman who attended a party for a St. Charles restaurant late last year is now suing the establishment for damages in excess of $50,000, according to documents filed Sept. 18 with the Kane County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.

According to the complaint, Sarah Chacon of Sugar Grove went to Wok’n Fire, 181 S. First St., St. Charles, for its third-year anniversary celebration Dec. 15, 2012.

The dining area, including the elevated sushi bar counter, was reportedly transformed into a night club. Chacon and other patrons were invited and encouraged to dance with employees on the sushi bar counter, which was adjacent to a temporary disc jockey stage, according to the complaint.

Alcoholic beverages also were being served, even to patrons who were encouraged to dance on the counter, according to the lawsuit. Chacon “fell off of the sushi bar counter temporary dance floor over the sneeze guard window and into the pit where the sushi chefs normally worked,” the complaint states.

Elevated by 30 inches, the counter reportedly had no handrails, guardrails or other safety equipment, such as fall protection.

As such, the complaint states, Chacon was “unable to prevent her fall or [the] resulting injuries.”

In addition to providing an unsafe environment for people to dance on, Wok’n Fire also failed to warn patrons of the safety hazards, failed to provide adequate lighting for the dancers and, among other allegations, created a distraction to the dancers by placing the DJ stage close to the sushi bar, according to the complaint.

The complaint indicates Chacon suffered severe and permanent injuries, medical expenses and, among other hardships, loss of wages. She is reportedly seeking damages in excess of $50,000, plus costs.

Chacon has demanded a jury trial for the case, according to court documents.

A case management conference is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 12 in front of Judge Keith Brown.

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