Here is something for celebrity chef Tyler Florence to chew on. His ex-business partners filed a lawsuit yesterday accusing him of pushing them out of a deal to open an upscale restaurant in downtown San Francisco.
According to the lawsuit, Florence, who has appeared on the Food Network, in 2007 approached the plaintiffs, Michael Musleh, Hani Musleh, DBA HLC Enterprises, and Martel and Nabiel Inc., as well as DBA M&N Promotions. He asked for financial backing for his new restaurant which would be located on the ground floor of Hotel Vertigo at 940 Sutter.
The plaintiffs agreed to help with the startup's cost, branding, and promotion of Bar Florence, which would feature the chef's American classic cuisine. A contract was signed, less than a year into the lease, the landlord defaulted, and Florence bailed, according to the lawsuit.