Trump Secures Tenant for His DC Hotel After Chefs José Andrés, Geoffrey Zakarian Withdraw
Chef José Andrés “dumped Trump” after the 2016 Republican presidential candidate said that Mexican immigrants are “bringing crime” and “being rapists.” Trump sued the chef for $10 million for breaking a lease with Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C., which is slated to open in 2016. Now, Trump has secured a new tenant in place of Andrés — BLT Prime.
This will be the New York-based steakhouse’s first location in Washington, D.C. There are currently two locations, one near Manhattan’s Gramercy Park and a second in Miami’s Trump National Doral hotel.
“As with each of our properties, we believe in providing our guests the very best,” Trump said in a statement. “And no steakhouse does it better than BLT.”
Andrés is not the only chef who has withdrawn from a project in one of Trump’s hotels. In July, chef Geoffrey Zakarian also canceled his restaurant plans in the same hotel. The Donald is also suing Zakarian for $10 million for breaking the lease.
Trump seems to like doing business with people who are involved in their own set of controversies. BLT restaurants’ executive chef Jimmy Haber was sued by his former business partner Laurent Tourondel in 2010. BLT stands for Bistro Laurent Tourondel. Haber went on to expand the restaurants and Tourondel opened LT Burger in Sag Harbor, Long Island. Haber accused Tourondel of stealing items from BLT’s menu, like their signature boozy milkshakes.