Nancy Renninger sues after breaking 2 teeth biting into coleslaw
A woman is suing the former owners of a restaurant at the Sands casino, claiming she broke two front teeth eating coleslaw.
Nancy L. Renninger filed a civil suit Friday in Northampton County Court against Northwood III and Steel Hospitality Associates, the companies that were operating the Cobalt Cafe, 77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem, when the accident happened last year. Both companies have the same address, 5340 Northwood Dr., Upper Saucon Twp., Lehigh Co., according to court documents.
Renninger suffered "severe and permanent injuries" to two incisors when she ate food containing "a bone or a piece of bone" around noon on July 21, 2011, according to the suit.
Renninger's attorney, John M. Ashcraft, told WFMZ.com on Wednesday that Renninger had just returned from the Cobalt's buffet bar and was biting into her second forkful of coleslaw when the damage was done.
Renninger, of Emmaus, Lehigh Co., has already spent $135 to fix the damage, but to make the teeth functional again, Renninger will need a build up and porcelain fused to a metal crown on each one, according to the suit.
The suit charges Northwood III and Steel Hospitality Associates with recklessness, carelessness and negligence.
Renninger is asking for a judgement, but no dollar amount is listed in the suit.
Northwood III and Steel Hospitality Associates no longer operate the Cobalt Cafe. Kostas Kalogeropoulos, a well-known area hotelier who is a principal in both companies, told WFMZ.com on Wednesday that the restaurant was sold to a New Jersey firm, Villa Enterprises Management, on Sept. 21, 2011.
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