JOSE ANDRES ON THE MOVE
Celebrity chef José Andrés terminated his partnership with Donald Trump this week; he’s also opening a restaurant in New York City. The Washington, DC based chef announced that he would no longer be pursuing his involvement with Donald Trump’s planned $200 million redevelopment of DC’s Historic Post Office Pavilion. Donald Trump, who is running for US President, had recently made offensive remarks about immigrants while on the campaign trail, prompting Andres to pen a statement to The Washington Post saying that, as an immigrant who employed many Latino workers, it was impossible for him to continue working with Trump.
“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…. 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.”
(For their part, the Trumps issued a harshly-worded statement threatening legal action against Andrés.)
But where one door closes, another opens, and Jose Andres is now slated to bring his Spanish fusion restaurant The Bazaar by José Andrés to the SLS hotel chain in New York City (one previously opened in LA). The restaurant is set to open in 2016, and marks Andres’ first foray into the New York City restaurant scene.