A new wrinkle appeared this week in the legal power struggle between the co-owners of Maple & Ash, the luxury steakhouse on the Gold Coast. Co-founder Jim Lasky filed a document in Cook County Circuit Court on Monday alleging that David Pisor, his partner at hospitality group What If Syndicate, withdrew a total of $265,000 from two bank accounts linked to the company and did so Money deposited into his private bank account acc Crains.
The allegations come nearly two weeks after the pair met in court over a lawsuit filed by Pisor alleging that Lasky banned him from the group’s restaurants, which include neighborhood restaurants, in a so-called “illegal coup d’état”. Etta and Etta own River North” to force him out of the company. The original complaint includes allegations that Lasky threatened to “air Pisor’s ‘dirty laundry'” in relation to “alleged conduct that happened years ago…unless Pisor agreed to accept a below-market takeover of Lasky.” “.
At the court hearing in early April, Judge Clare Quish denied Pisor’s request for an injunction that would allow him to return to the restaurants, as well as requests for compensatory and punitive damages of an undisclosed amount.
Pisor’s lawyer, Lazar Raynal, denied in a statement to reporters that his client embezzled the funds. The next hearing is scheduled for Friday, April 29.
Chicago chefs travel to Europe to feed Ukrainian refugees
Three Chicago chefs – Paul Kahan (Publican, One Off Hospitality), Tony Priolo (Piccolo Sogno) and Giuseppe Tentori (GT Fish and Oyster, Boka Restaurant Group) – are currently in Poland volunteering at José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen to prepare meals for Ukrainian refugees at the border. Yesterday, the team — which also included Food Network’s Marc Murphy, Miami chef Karla Hoyos and actor Liev Schreiber — prepared and served 15,000 meals, Kahan wrote on Instagram. (On his own Instagram post, Priolo shared his personal physical activity stats for the day: 23,921 steps and 14 hours of standing.)
Meanwhile, Esteban Burgoa, a real estate agent on the Northwest Side, is trying to raise $15,000 to set up his own mobile kitchen to serve refugees in Eastern Europe, WBEZ reports. He’s enlisted the help of two cooks and two pastors and amassed an office full of donated materials, but he’s still catching up on funding. Burgoa, a Mexican immigrant married to a Ukrainian and who served in the Navy in Iraq, tells WBEZ he was moved to action after reading reports of Russian atrocities.
Zaragoza leaves Con Todo after less than three months
Jonathan Zaragoza has left Con Todo, the Mexican-American restaurant he opened with two partners in Logan Square in January. “Just updating that Con Todo is up and running and I’m no longer involved as I’m working on other projects taking place this year,” Zaragoza wrote in an Instagram story last Friday, April 8th. Con Todo was one of the most successful restaurants anticipated of the winter, partly because of Zaragoza’s pedigree – his family owns Birrieria Zaragoza in Archer Heights and he previously cooked at El Oso and Masa Azul – and partly because Zaragoza was so tight on relevant details like the name and give the location, which only aroused general curiosity.
Mayor gets full Wiener’s Circle roast
Mayor Lori Lightfoot took part in a ritual in Chicago last weekend by paying a late-night visit to Wiener’s Circle, accompanied by her wife Amy Eshleman, where she was duly toasted by the late-night crew, who are focused on a recent The lawsuit filed month ago alleges that Lightfoot announced in a meeting, among other things, that “I have the biggest dick in Chicago.” (Lightfoot has denied she ever said that.) Of course, video of the encounter was posted to Instagram. “You never know what you might see in our establishment, and no one is immune to our particular style of service, especially those that come with giant sausages,” the Wiener’s Circle wrote in the accompanying post.
Stan’s Donuts celebrates a bear with very little brains and no pants
Disney fans Winnie the Pooh Show currently playing at the Mercury Theater in Lakeview, can extend the trip to Pooh Corner by visiting Stan’s Donuts, which a representative says has made special vanilla cake donuts based on characters from the show. Unfortunately, for fans of Eeyore and Piglet, only Pooh and Tigger are represented. That makes sense, since Pooh’s main personality trait is his sweet tooth, while Tigger’s tendency is to hop around, which happens to some people after eating donuts. Stan’s Hunny Hunt runs from April 18th to May 1st.
In related news, 2D, the whimsically illustrated Lakeview restaurant that happens to sell honey donuts, is being given away Winnie the Pooh Show Entrance tickets and meal packages. More details are available on Instagram.