La Margarita restaurant in Round Rock closed its doors on Thursday for a deep cleaning following a banquet Monday night it catered where a hundred people had stomach issues.
The Tex-Mex restaurant catered the banquet held every year for the Round Rock High School baseball team at the end of its regular season, head coach John Carter said. Athletes and their families and friends complained about stomach cramps, nausea and feeling achy after the banquet, he said.
Half of the varsity and junior varsity baseball teams had gastrointestinal issues after the banquet, Carter said, just days before the varsity team’s scheduled playoff game against Akins.
Eli Avilez, general manager at La Margarita, said he closed the restaurant on Thursday in an overabundance of caution.
“We take these things very seriously, whether it’s one person getting sick or 100,” he said.
The Williamson County Cities and Health District is reportedly investigating the incident.
Both Avilez and Carter said they believe La Margarita catering did not cause the stomach issues. Carter said he and his wife ate all of the catered food provided by the restaurant and did not get sick.
“My wife and I eat there all the time,” he said of the restaurant located on the southbound Interstate 35 service road north of U.S. 79. “I really don’t think it was the food.”
Avilez said he could not say what caused the stomach issues, but the banquet included a dessert table not provided by his restaurant. All of his food vendors confirmed there were no issues, he said.
On Thursday, Carter said his team is resilient and will move past this setback.
“We’re not going to let this define our season or playoff games,” he said. “We are going to give our best effort.”
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