E. coli outbreak in Seattle brings closure of Mexican restaurant

September 12, 2016

The Matador, a Mexican restaurant in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, was shut down on Friday, Sept. 9, as an imminent health hazard and for being the target of an investigation into a local outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infections.

Public Health — Seattle & King County ordered the closure by suspending the restaurant’s food permit. The agency first reported the outbreak on Aug. 14 in a statement posted on its website that has since been updated.

The largest food safety agency in Washington state said The Matador is associated with an outbreak dating back to last month that has sickened five people.