Trump Sues Chef Andres for Canceling D.C. Restaurant: Politico

The Trump Organization followed through on threat of legal action against chef Jose Andres for terminating 10-year lease in Donald Trump’s planned Washington hotel, Politico reports.

  • “Donald Trump’s recent statements disparaging immigrants make it impossible for my company and I to move forward with opening a successful Spanish restaurant in Trump International’s upcoming hotel in Washington, DC.,” Andres said in July 8 statement
  • NOTE: Andres is president of ThinkFoodGroup in Washington; operates several restaurants in that city, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, elsewhere
  • Trump Organization filed a $10m lawsuit against Andres in federal district court in Washington, Politico reports
  • Trump spokesperson, Alan Garten, says Trump’s comments as he seeks Republican presidential nomination “unrelated to this project”
  • NOTE: Andres wasn’t only celebrity chef that pulled out of the hotel, Geoffrey Zakarian also left the project and lost $500,000 deposit
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