Celebrity chef José Andrés faces charges from Trump after broken restaurant deal
May 03, 2016 06:08 AM EDT
Celebrity chef José Andrés has already decided to pull out his plans on creating a premier restaurant at the Trump International Hotel in D.C. The famous chef has already lost $258,171 as a collateral and will soon be facing court challenges.
Donald Trump has filed a $10 million breach of contract against the celebrity chef after Andrés has cut the deal in the summer of 2015 and filed an $8 million lawsuit of his own.
The celebrity's chef's restaurant, which is supposedly called Topo Atrio, has a 9,000 square foot size and is worth $7 million. The contract between him and Trump does not contain any morality clause and any dispute that lands in court shall solely be decided by a judge as per Washington Business Journal.
The presidential frontrunner has shown no eager signs of settlement. Trump said in an interview that he doesn't settle lawsuits because when he does, everybody would sue him. The celebrity chef's legal team, on the other hand, maintained that Trump's comment on Mexicans will alienate investors as well as employees and patrons making the business unprofitable.
As reported by Grub Street, Andrés's legal team hopes that a new case filing will strengthen their argument that his company, ThinkFoodGroup, should be exempted from the case. His legal team explained that Trump's anti-Hispanic statements and accusations have undermined the sanctity of the contract.
According to The Bulletin, Todd Klein, a restaurant investor who also backed ThinkFoodGroup restaurant, has already submitted an affidavit stating Trump's comments had eroded the establishment's projected client base which will increase the chances of the establishment not being able to pay its debts.
Restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian has also pulled out his deal with Trump. Zakarian planned on opening a restaurant called The National at the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. Andrés, on the other hand, had already asked a Superior Court judge in D.C to provide a summary judgment for his lawsuit against Donald Trump.