When Taste of Chicago launches tomorrow, the festival will have one fewer vendor. An E. coli outbreak has led the owners of Carbón Live Mexican Grill to voluntarily close during the investigation, according to the Chicago Department of Public Health. The bacteria has affected at least 25, sending five to the hospital.
The restaurant is fully cooperating with the health officials, as they're still determining the exact cause of the outbreak and the timeline when customers were affected. City health officials will remain onsite during their investigation and are asking anyone who has eaten at the restaurant to contact them.
CBS Chicago spoke to a one of the hospitalized patients who told the station the she ate steak tacos. She suffered diarrhea, stomach pains and bloody stool. As the health department notes, potential causes include undercooked beef and unwashed produce.
The restaurant has a second location in West Town, which ABC Chicago reported has also been closed as a safety precaution. The restaurant is also skipping Taste of Chicago this week to concentrate on their problems over in Bridgeport. They were to be one of 69 vendors as this year's Taste, which goes from Tuesday through Sunday.