Downtown cafe sued after patron falls

David Yates Jul. 28, 2008, 11:49am

Known for its lunch specials, one Taste of Orleans customer will remember the restaurant for its slick restrooms.

As Charles Gaines was exiting the bathroom, he claims he slipped and fell "in a very dark hallway."

He is suing Taste of Orleans and its owners for mental anguish and medical expenses, alleging there were no warning signs present, say court papers.

Gaines' suit was filed July 23 in Jefferson County District Court. Restaurant owners Issac Cheatman Jr. and Vertress Slack are also defendants in the lawsuit.

In his suit, Gaines says he was a customer at the Taste of Orleans Downtown Beaumont location on July 24, 2006. As he was coming out of the restroom, he "stepped on an extremely wet incline … located in a very dark hallway."

"There were no warning signs," the suit says. "The fall resulted in injury and damages."

The suit goes on to allege the defendants had a duty to its patrons to inspect and maintain the restaurant's premises.

Gaines is also suing for lost wages, impairment and disfigurement.

He is represented by attorney Jonathan Juhan.

The case has been assigned to Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd Judicial District.

Case No. E182-117

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