Jose Andres Takes a Stand
“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, D.C.,” the statement reads. “More than half of my team is Hispanic, as are many of our guests. And, as a proud Spanish immigrant and recently naturalized American citizen myself, I believe that every human being deserves respect, regardless of immigration status.”
My love for this celebrity chef and remarkable mind has not waned in the years since I first learned of him. All the truly talented creative types are an inspiration, no matter how their creativity is manifested. (I will forever be moved by Joan River's heartfelt monologue on Louie, just before he makes out with her.)
The Trumps are being typical horrible people and threatening to sue.
“Our relationship with José Andrés has always been a good one, but simply put, José has no right to terminate or otherwise abandon his obligations under the lease, ” Trump Jr. wrote. “In the event Mr. Andrés defaults in the performance of his obligations, we will not hesitate to take legal action to recover all unpaid rent for the entire 10 year term together with all attorneys’ fees and additional damages we may sustain. We will also enforce the exclusivity provisions preventing Mr. Andrés from opening a competing restaurant anywhere in the D.C area. Mr. Andrés’ obligations under the lease are clear and unambiguous. More importantly, construction is ahead of schedule at Trump International Hotel, Washington D.C. and when completed in 2016, will be a crown jewel within the Trump Hotel Collection.”More on the story at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/reliable-source/wp/2015/07/08/jose-andres-backs-out-of-restaurant-in-donald-trumps-hotel/