A Missouri man claims he fractured two of his teeth on a broken plate hidden in food he was served at a Shiloh restaurant.

Mark Neville filed a lawsuit March 2 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Kellan Restaurant Management Corporation doing business as 54th Street Grille.

In his complaint, Neville claims he attempted to eat the food he ordered at 54th Street Grille on May 22 when he sustained two fractured teeth after chomping on a piece of broken glass hidden in his food.

Because of the incident, Neville sustained permanent injuries to his mouth and experienced great pain and suffering, the suit states. He also incurred substantial medical costs to fix his teeth, the complaint says.

Neville blames 54th Street Grille for causing his injuries, saying the restaurant knew that a plate had broken near food, failed to maintain its premises in a clean and safe condition, failed to adequately inspect the area and food it planned to serve to customers after a plate broke and failed to warn customers that pieces from a broken plate had spilled into their food.

In his complaint, Neville seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

James E. Neville of Neville, Richards and Wuller in Belleville will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-107.

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